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Tigers Activate Carlos Guillen

The team activated shortstop Carlos Guillen from the 15-day disabled list before Friday night's game against the Mariners.

Guillen was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 11 with a sore knee. He has been limited to 81 games this season after tearing his right ACL last Sept. 11.

An All-Star last year, Guillen has hit .318 in 2005 with five homers and 23 RBI.


Bonderman Done For 2005 With Sore Elbow

Detroit Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman will miss the remainder of the season due to a sore elbow.

Bonderman, 1-7 in his last eight starts, missed two September outings with a tender elbow before starting Monday at Kansas City. He gave up seven runs on 11 hits, including Matt Stairs' three-run homer, in 4 2-3 innings.

``Bonderman is not going to pitch the rest of the season,'' Tigers manager Alan Trammell said after a 4-3 loss Wednesday. ``We made that decision just before the game. He was going to go out and throw on the side. He just didn't feel up to it. We started asking questions. He's saying he just doesn't feel right, so we shut him down.

``He's saying that he's not feeling as well as would like to. He says he can pitch, but why. We're hoping it would be better and it is not.''

Via AP

Percival Might Be Forced Into Retirement Saturday

Detroit Tigers closer Troy Percival will know soon if he can return next season or face that his career is over.

Percival, 35, has been sidelined since July 10 because of a muscle tear in his right forearm. The 11-year veteran, who recorded all but eight of his 324 career saves with the Angels before joining Detroit as a free agent last winter, will meet with Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum today. He should learn then if he has pitched his last game in the major leagues.

"It's possible. If I have surgery and I have to sit out next year, I'd be done," Percival said yesterday. "Either he'll say this is going to heal up enough to pitch, or we're going to have to do surgery ? which I don't want to do. With surgery, I have no chance and I'll miss all next year because it's a minimum of 12 months."

The Tigers signed Percival to a two-year, $12 million contract in November. He was 1-2 with a 5.76 earned-run average in 26 appearances this season and had three blown saves in 11 opportunities.

Via The Seattle Times

Pudge Losing Patience In Detroit

Alan Trammell's unsettled job status that has made September so dispiriting for those inside the Tigers' clubhouse. Pudge Rodriguez's discontent -- his words speak of a player bent on changing addresses by 2006 -- has angered the team in ways that have made the Trammell watch almost a secondary issue.

"It's pride, it's your job," Trammell said Tuesday night. "And if anybody says that they want to go home, that they can't do this anymore, then go home, but know you're not gonna get paid."

Trammell wasn't referring to anyone, specifically. But it has been impossible this week to not interpret his more stinging words as being directed at Rodriguez, who railed again last weekend about his disgust at playing for a team that is about to endure its 12th consecutive losing season.

"I hate losing, I'm tired of losing," Rodriguez said. "I'm not used to playing like this. I don't like to play like this. I've been here two years and I don't see any changes. It's hard to be on a ballclub like that, because I'm not used to that."

Via Detroit News

September Will Decide Pena's Fate

Before Tuesday's rainout, Tigers manager Alan Trammell had written out a lineup that had Carlos Pena, a left-handed hitter, in the starting lineup against Indians left-hander Cliff Lee.

With Lee starting Wednesday, Trammell used the same lineup, including Pena, who entered the game hitting .107 off left-handers.

"Even though he hasn't hit that well against left-handers, we want to get him some playing time," Trammell said. "He's opened some eyes -- what he's done hasn't been ordinary."

Pena was 1-for-4 in Wednesday's 4-3 victory. He was 0-for-3 against Lee, but doubled in a run in the eighth off left-hander Scott Sauerbeck to improve to .125 against lefties.

Pena is hitting .452 (14-for-31) with seven home runs and 16 RBIs since being recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Aug. 17.

Trammell said his objective for the rest of the season with Pena is to determine "does he fit in next year?"

"We're going to have to make a decision on Carlos," Trammell said. "I give him credit for what he's done so far. But is two weeks enough for the organization to make a determination? No. He's had a nice start -- can he build on it? Up to now, he's been a force.

"He could make our decision easy -- one way or another."

Via Detroit Free-Press

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