UPDATED 10:01 a.m.: The new start time will be 1:30 p.m. (EST), 10:30 a.m. PST.
UPDATED (9:45 a.m.): It’s raining right now again. The tarp is back on the field, and I’m not going to take a picture, because I’m going to bang my head off the desk and then call Northwest to see about my options.
There was also a scout sitting behind us early that was talking to his bosses, and he let it be known that he was here specifically to scout Washburn. I checked, and he was from the Philadelphia Phillies.
As you can tell from stellar photography above, the tarp is off the field and they are applying Diamond Dray to the field. Diamond Dry is basically ground up corn cobs, that somebody marketed for quick water absorption for baseball and softball fields. And now the guy is a probably a billionaire.
The reason the grounds crew is wearing Santa Hats is for the Tigers’ Christmas in July promotion. I’m sure they’re ecstatic about wearing a santa hat in like 88 percent humidity.
Not much going on in the pregame meeting with manager Don Wakamatsu.
He still has made no decision on the Sunday starter. He mentioned Jason Vargas or Chris Jakubuaskas as candidates, and did not mention Brandon Morrow.
The decision could come down to if they have to use Jakubauskas today or tomorrow extensively.
Adrian Beltre will start hitting off the tee during the Toronto series next week and Wakamatsu said it appeared that his recovery will be “expedited.”
UPDATE: It would help if I actually remembered to post the lineups. You’ll notice Franklin Gutierrez is not in there. The knee and elbow are fine according to Wakamatsu, but the neck muscles are still very stiff.
Lopez 2B (Thanks ETFM for the heads up)
LHP Luke French