DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Tigers right fielder Magglio Ordonez was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Astros with what the team called a left hamstring spasm.
Ordonez was scheduled to be the designated hitter in the split-squad game, but was replaced by Ben Guez in the lineup. It's the first sign of any injury this spring for Ordonez, who underwent season-ending surgery on his fractured left ankle last summer.
Ordonez is considered day-to-day.
Turner sees Porcello as model to follow
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Jacob Turner learned the value of a good sinker from another former Tigers top prospect who climbed through the system quickly. If he can translate that into the kind of jump Rick Porcello made a couple years ago, he'd be pretty happy.
He won't do it this spring, but he wasn't expecting to. More outings like Saturday against the Blue Jays, who hit just two balls out of the infield in his three innings, will go a long ways toward making an impression for later.
"I just want to learn as much as I can," Turner said. "I think the experience of being up here goes a long way. It's tough for somebody from the outside to see that, but just being up here, it definitely helps you throughout the season. As for my game on the mound, just make a good impression, and that's all you can do."
The Porcello comparisons were tough to avoid Saturday. Turner combined a heavy dose of sinkers with a well-spotted changeup and breaking ball to work Jays hitters into infield outs. All three hits off him were ground-ball singles, two of them in the infield. The other one was a comebacker that had Turner's ankles in its sights before he shuffled his feet out of the way.
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That's a page out of the Porcello plan of attacking hitters, which Turner did. He threw 30 of his 41 pitches for strikes, and the few pitches that missed, didn't miss by much. He worked ahead by spotting his secondary stuff for first-pitch strikes.
"Keep the ball in the ballpark, keep the ball on the ground, and you're going to be all right," Turner said. "That's one thing that I've kind of taken from Rick's game. He works on keeping the ball on the ground and keeping everything low in the zone. It's been successful for him, and it's something I can look at and take a point from."
Zumaya to sit until pain-free
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Though inflammation has lessened in Joel Zumaya's right elbow after scar tissue broke away, the Tigers reliever won't pitch again until he's completely pain-free, team head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Saturday.
Zumaya was not on the trip to either Spring Training split-squad game Saturday. He hasn't pitched since last Saturday against the Blue Jays. Zumaya was optimistic in the middle of the week that he might only need a few days before getting back on the mound.
Zumaya's absence, paired with Daniel Schlereth's hamstring strain, left the Tigers a bit shorthanded on relievers Saturday. Rand wouldn't agree or disagree with Schlereth's goal of being back within a week, but he said he liked the young player's mindset.
As for Carlos Guillen, the Tigers' other injured player, Rand said Guillen is doing more exercises specific to his position. He's progressing well running straight ahead, but has yet to make turns running the bases. That will be the next step.
McClendon sees positives in Cabrera's swing
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, who served as the acting manager for the Tigers' split-squad game against the Blue Jays, sees progress for Miguel Cabrera hitting-wise that doesn't show up in the .143 batting average. Cabrera went 1-for-2 Saturday, lining a single into a strong wind blowing in from left, and hitting it off the right-field fence with authority before grounding into a double play and hitting a sacrifice fly.
"His timing's been there since he got to camp, really," McClendon said. "It's just a matter of getting his reps. He's seeing the ball well. Even the outs that he's making, four or five of his last outs have been very hard outs, line drives to right-center, center field. If the weather had cooperated as far as the wind is concerned, heck, he may be hitting .600 right now."
Leyland impressed by Alburquerque
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Alberto Alburquerque has four earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings over three outings this spring, but manager Jim Leyland is focused on the stuff more than the statistics.
"He gets his secondary pitch over better than he does his primary pitch, from what I've seen," Leyland said Friday. "He throws his breaking ball for strikes more than he throws his fastball for strikes. But don't jump the gun here. It's early for all these guys."
Alburquerque is very much of a power pitcher, centering on a fastball that consistently can hit the mid-90s when he's on. The Tigers will see how that develops as spring rolls along.
"This guy's got some kind of weapon," Leyland said. "We'll just have to see how that plays out."
Robbie Weinhardt gave up his first run of the spring Saturday after three scoreless innings in as many outings. ... Lefty reliever John Bale now has five scoreless innings and three hits allowed after adding two more innings Saturday. ... The Tigers have one more set of split-squad games coming up next Sunday, when they host the Astros and visit the Orioles. Manager Jim Leyland said Friday he prefers staggering split-squad games between day and night, which gives him a better chance of watching both games. He spent Saturday watching the Tigers face the Astros because he didn't see Andy Oliver pitch his last outing.