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Bitter Sweet

Yesterday, Cody Ross hit his first career homerun. It was a grand slam in the fourth inning that was pivotal in the Tiger’s win.

Later in that game, he was carted off the field in the eighth inning. News came today that he tore his ACL, and he’ll need surgery to repair it. This will then require 4-6 months at a minimum to heal.

Cody was one of the closest things to a hitting prospect that the Tigers had. He hit .287, with 20 homers and 35 doubles. And at 23, you like to see those doubles, because as he ages, some of those should turn into homers. He’s also decent in the outfield.

I wish Cody a speedy recovery, and hope to see him next year.

In other news, Jeremy Bonderman was taken out of the rotation. Not a bad move by Tram, since at this point, he’d be pitching him to see how he handles the end of a season that doesn’t matter. He probably won’t be completely shut down, and I’m sure we’ll see him come out of the pen on occasion. He’s thrown a 148 innings so far, and we know he could be a good two or three guy down the line, with the outside chance of being an ace. And all of this from a guy who won’t be able to legally drink until October.

There’s some other good Tiger reads out there. Bilfer did a great job in his monthly review. And Aaron Gleeman touched on the Tigers no longer having the worst offense and talked about Dmitri Young, something I touched on a couple of days ago. Both are worth checking out.

Tigers are down 4-1 in the fifth, and have only managed two hits. Two of the guys on my Diamond Mind team, Casey Blake and Brandon Phillips, are having decent games. Nate Robertson has already thrown 101 pitches through 5 innings, so I can’t see him being in there much longer.

Football starts tomorrow. Another distraction.

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