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Craig Monroe’s Knee Injury

The Tigers have been pretty careful with Craig Monroe this spring.  He’s played in a lot of the Tigers spring games but he’s also had his share of time as the designated hitter.  Now Rick Wilton from the Baseball Injury Report sheds some light on Craig Monroe’s injured knee.  It appears to be something he can play through, but it’s also something that will bother him all season and limit his production.  While I’m sure the Tigers are entertaining offers for Marcus Thames, you wonder whether the Tigers might want to hang onto as insurance in the even Monroe misses a significant amount of time.  Then again, with the Tigers depth of outfielders, they could always just call up someone like Brent Clevlen.

One problem with that:

Clevlen sucks. He hasn’t been good for a while, and he’s nowhere near the hitter that Thames is. Trading Thames at this point would be monumentally stupid, to say nothing of not starting him in the first place. Thames has been an everyday-quality player for going on three years now, but no one seems to notice or even guve a damn. It makes zero sense.

Any injury to Monroe that gets Thames more playing time is a good break for the Tigers.

Posted by Dan on March 20th, 2007 at 7:18 am

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