Raburn bothered by sore rotator cuff
Tigers outfielder injures left shoulder on swing Tuesday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just when Ryan Raburn was heating up to become a serious problem for pitchers, the injury bug got to him, too. He was out of the Tigers' lineup for Wednesday's showdown with Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano after straining his left rotator cuff on a swing Tuesday night.
Raburn eventually did enter Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter, striking out in the eighth inning against Randy Flores. He remained in the game in left field.
Raburn said he felt the soreness when he took a hack at a ninth-inning pitch from Minnesota closer Matt Capps.
"He kind of quick-pitched me," Raburn said.
Neither Raburn nor the Tigers seem to believe the injury is serious, and he's considered day-to-day. Still, it left manager Jim Leyland with little choice but to start a left-handed hitter in his outfield against Liriano. That hitter ended up being Brennan Boesch, who teamed with Austin Jackson and Casper Wells to form an all-rookie outfield.
Wells, 7-for-11 over his previous three games, batted third in front of Miguel Cabrera.
Damon: Manny can sway AL Central race
MINNEAPOLIS -- Johnny Damon played with Manny Ramirez for four years in Boston, then played against him for three more seasons as rivals with the Yankees. They're division rivals again, at least for a few weeks, now that Ramirez joined the White Sox.
They'll meet each other again next week, when the White Sox come to Comerica Park for four games starting on Labor Day, and again when the Tigers head to Chicago the following week. But if anything, it's the Twins who have to worry about Ramirez.
"He definitely can help sway how the division's going to shape up," Damon said. "He's such a talented hitter. He's one of those rare guys who, when he gets going, it's almost impossible to contain him. I know he's got to be very happy now that he's back in a race, back in the American League, and I think he's going to do very well.
"He can definitely turn it up a notch, and he knows with the situation he's been given that if he turns it up a notch, he'll be forever liked and loved in Chicago. Unfortunately, they couldn't make that move a little bit sooner. But four games, that's nothing for those guys. They can get back in it, and obviously, the White Sox are hoping we play them well and make this race interesting."
Seay's surgery likely to shelve him for 2011
DETROIT -- Bobby Seay will have surgery on his ailing shoulder on Sept. 15, a procedure that will likely cost him the 2011 season.
Seay, sidelined all season after being diagnosed with a partial tear of his labrum in Spring Training, will fly to Delaware to have the procedure performed by Dr. Craig Morgan. A labrum repair will be performed, as will any additional procedures on damage that might be found.
Doctors recommended surgery earlier in the summer, but Seay sought additional opinion to make sure it was the right step. He tried to rehab his way through the injury with the encouragement of Dr. James Andrews, but his shoulder came up painful during long-toss sessions in late May.
Seay is a free agent this winter. Manager Jim Leyland indicated Tuesday that Seay did not fit into the Tigers' plans for next year.
Wells shows off strong arm from outfield
MINNEAPOLIS -- Casper Wells now has an assist from left and right field.
He couldn't prevent the go-ahead run from scoring Tuesday night, and he didn't get an at-bat to try to tie it again afterward, but the latest example of his strong arm prevented the Twins from taking a two-run lead.
Wells was in right when Delmon Young hit his bases-loaded ground ball between first and second. Joe Mauer scored easily on the play, but Jason Kubel was testing Wells when he rounded third.
Wells' fire home hit the infield grass and bounced to catcher Alex Avila on a hop, giving him plenty of time to wait for Kubel to get there and apply the tag.
"I thought it was going to be closer than it was," Wells said. "In that situation, I didn't really look at who was on second base, because I was probably going to come up throwing anyway. I was surprised it just wasn't closer than it was,"
Wells built a reputation for having a strong arm coming up through the Tigers' farm system, despite playing mainly center field in most of his Minor League stops. He has posted double-digit outfield assists in each of the past three seasons, including 10 this year for Triple-A Toledo.
"That's all I was really anticipating, was the ball coming through there and the throw home," Wells said. "Everything else was basically off reaction. That's the only thing with two outs that I'm really concerned with, be ready for a ball hit there and make sure I get there quick enough to get the guy at home."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.