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09/15/08 8:07 PM ET
Tigers shut down Rogers for season
Lefty to miss rest of year after being hit hard Sunday
By Drew Davison / Special to MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Detroit Tigers have decided to shut down left-hander Kenny Rogers for the rest of the season. Detroit manager Jim Leyland came to that decision after meeting with Rogers on Sunday night in Chicago. Rogers gave up seven runs, all earned, over 4 2/3 innings as the Tigers fell to the White Sox in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. "We're not going to pitch Kenny any more this season," Leyland said. "We're just shutting him down. We had a nice talk after the game and we're just going to shut him down." Leyland didn't go into any specific reason to shut down the 43-year-old Rogers, although he did say that Rogers was fine physically. Rogers, who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Westlake, showed up at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington at 6:15 p.m. CT on Monday with food for some of his teammates, but declined an interview request, citing that it was past the media availability time. In 30 starts this season, Rogers is 9-13 with a 5.70 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 173 2/3 innings pitched. In his last five starts, Rogers has particularly struggled, going 1-3 with a 10.22 ERA in 24 2/3 innings. With Rogers out for the remainder of the season, the Tigers rotation will also change. Detroit will start right-hander Zach Miner and right-hander Freddy Garcia in the final two games against the Rangers. For the Cleveland series this weekend, Leyland said the tentative rotation is right-hander Armando Galarraga for the first game, followed by right-hander Justin Verlander and left-hander Dontrelle Willis.
Drew Davison is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.