LOS ANGELES -- The Tigers' outfield squeeze took rookie Austin Jackson out of the starting lineup Saturday against the Dodgers and earned Johnny Damon his first start in center field since signing with Detroit in February.
Leyland said Friday that he would switch around his outfielders as the series went along to try to get everybody time. With no designated hitter slot for Interleague games at National League parks, the Tigers don't have enough positions to fit Damon, Jackson, Magglio Ordonez and Brennan Boesch in the same lineup.
Damon was out of the lineup Friday, but back in Saturday against Dodgers rookie hurler John Ely for his first start in center field since Sept. 21, 2008, with the Yankees. Damon spent last season in New York as a left fielder and began this season in left field in Detroit, but Boesch's emergence the last four weeks had relegated Damon to DH more often in recent games.
For Jackson, meanwhile, Detroit's 43rd game of the season marked just his third game out of the starting lineup. After being hit in the helmet while batting in the eighth inning Saturday, Jackson will miss a start Sunday as well.
Guillen gets rehab work at second base
LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Guillen took the field as a second baseman Saturday night for the first time in 11 years, beginning his rehab stint for Triple-A Toledo at Syracuse.
Guillen went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He reached base in the sixth inning on a fielding error from Syracuse second baseman Eric Bruntlett and promptly scored on Ryan Strieby's ensuing homer. Guillen fielded one ground ball and two popups at second before he was replaced in the field for the bottom of the sixth.
Guillen, who is expected to take over at second in Detroit whenever he's activated from disabled list, batted third for the Mud Hens. He went on the DL a month ago with a left hamstring strain. Scott Sizemore, the second baseman he's essentially replacing, batted second for Toledo as the designated hitter.
The Tigers haven't said anything about how long they expect Guillen to rehab with the Hens. They'll be on the road through next weekend before returning home. Guillen, for his part, said he doesn't believe he'll need much time to be ready to return. His main concern was getting his timing back at the plate.
Ramon Santiago started at second base for the Tigers on Saturday against the Dodgers. Santiago and rookie Danny Worth have been handling second in the interim since the Tigers optioned out Sizemore a week ago. Ryan Raburn, just recalled from Toledo, could also see time at second.
Inge stays in lineup despite hurting
LOS ANGELES -- If Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge didn't already have an impression of Dodgers slugger Manny Ramirez as a hitter, he has it now on his right leg. It's clear enough to almost make out the seams of the baseball where Ramirez's fifth-inning shot hit him Friday night.
It wasn't enough to knock Inge out of the game Friday or keep him out of the lineup Saturday. It didn't even cause him to pause during the game to collect himself. But that's only because Inge didn't want anyone to know how hard that hit him.
"When I was catching [years ago] and I'd call a curveball and a guy would call a fastball, that's what it was like," Inge said. "Because off the bat, the ball started [to his left] and it hooked. I learned a little and I got my glove there, and there's no time to switch back."
The ball bounced off the inside of Inge's right shin and rolled all the way towards short-center field, leaving shortstop Ramon Santiago with no play. Inge said Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa told him it was the hardest ground ball he had ever seen hit to third.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.