Notes: Young remains frustrated
With injury recovery not progressing, DL trip more likely
CLEVELAND -- Dmitri Young might've been the only player at Jacobs Field hoping for rain Friday night. The more rainouts, he reasoned, the fewer games he misses.
"That's good news," he said. "That's time to stay off the leg."
It worked out Thursday at Baltimore. After a rainy afternoon, though, Mother Nature couldn't stop Friday's game. It might not stop Young's likely return to the disabled list, either.
Young's quad was feeling better Friday, said manager Jim Leyland, but still not good enough to play. The rainy weather is expected to linger all weekend, but if Young's injury does the same, it won't matter.
Both Leyland and Young agreed they want to see some progress in the injury by the end of the weekend, or else they might have to make a move. He came off the 15-day DL a week ago Friday and played two games before an awkward slide into second base Saturday at Minnesota aggravated his injury.
The slide, Young said, was late. Worse, he said his right foot hooked onto the bag as he slid by, bending his right leg.
"It wasn't a fluid slide," Young said. "The base [needed] to be an extra five feet away from me."
Because of that slide, Young estimates his leg is in about the same condition it was when he went to Double-A Erie a week and a half ago for a two-game rehab stint. Asked if he was frustrated, Young said that was a mild way of putting it.
"I'm not really sure how it's going to play out," Leyland said. "I don't want to go seven, eight days or whatever. I guess we're going to find out something this weekend, but I don't know if we're going to get out on the field much."
The worse the weather, the less chance of taking batting practice on the field, which is where Young would test his leg. So in the end, the weather might work against him, too.
Hitting the phone: Leyland has gone to bat for his former star hitter, Barry Bonds, already this year. He took another swing for him again Friday afternoon.
Leyland, who managed Bonds in Pittsburgh for the first seven years of his career, has said repeatedly this spring that he still considers Bonds a close friend and will support the Giants slugger. When asked about Bonds on the verge of passing Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time home run list, Leyland said he plans to call and congratulate him, whether or not others around baseball plan to celebrate it.
"I'm going to try to get a hold of him right away after," Leyland said. "It's an unbelievable accomplishment. I mean, 714, when I was young, that was a landmark. Nobody will ever do that. That was Babe Ruth. But when they talk about home run hitters, they're always going to talk about Babe Ruth. That's never going to end. And that's fine.
"It is not the record. I understand that. Technically, that's right. But 714, soon to be 715, you're going to pass the great Babe Ruth. Am I going to call him? Yeah. I can't wait till he does it. And I don't feel anything tainted about it. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. In fact, I'm tired of reading about this and that."
Controversy or no controversy, Leyland would like to see the accomplishment recognized.
"I'm not looking for any trouble," he said, "but I think they're singling out Barry Bonds, and I think it's totally unfair. I just think it's totally singling Barry Bonds out. I love baseball. I love the history of it. But who the heck knows how many home runs were hit with corked bats? Who knows how many games where the pitcher doctored the ball for one game? Does anybody know for sure? No. So to me, they should let it lie. If you want to think what you want to think, that's fine."
Colon returns: Roman Colon made just two starts at Triple-A Toledo after coming off the DL before being recalled to the Majors to replace Tata. But with 3 2/3 innings covering 76 pitches in his last outing Sunday, he was stretched out in his limited work.
Colon, who missed April with biceps tendinitis in his right arm, said his arm feels fine now after his rehab program. Though Leyland wouldn't specify Colon's role Friday, Leyland said earlier this week he'd like to fill the seventh inning behind Fernando Rodney instead of extending Rodney for two innings each.
Pretty in pink: The Tigers' pink bats for Mother's Day arrived in the visitors' clubhouse at Jacobs Field Friday. And while they might look funny at the plate, all the Tigers asked said they're going to use them.
Curtis Granderson, for one, said he'll gladly use one as part of Major League Baseball's effort to raise breast cancer awareness. He said his grandmother, Mary Granderson, passed away of the disease when he was 10 years old.
"It'll be interesting," Granderson said. "If I end up leading off [Sunday], I'll be the first guy using one."
Coming up: Weather permitting, the Tigers and Indians will continue their weekend series Saturday night as part of a Detroit-Cleveland doubleheader. While the Pistons and Cavs finish up Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal, slated to tip off around 5 p.m. ET across the street at Quicken Loans Arena, the Tigers and Tribe will be starting their 7:05 p.m. ET contest. Jeremy Bonderman (3-2, 4.40 ERA) will start for Detroit opposite C.C. Sabathia (2-0, 2.35 ERA).
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.