Difficult bullpen session for Rodney leaves Tigers searching for answers

Updated: April 6, 2008, 11:08 AM ET
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A worse than expected bullpen session by Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney has Tigers manager Jim Leyland searching for answers to help Detroit's injury-riddled bullpen.

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Rodney, who has been sidelined with tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, felt a substantial amount of pain during a bullpen session Thursday, according to Leyland.

"Sometimes when it rains, it pours," Leyland told reporters Saturday. "I thought Rodney, about a week or 10 days into the season, would be ready to go, but the report [Friday] was not good."

No timetable has been set for Rodney's return.

The Tigers optioned Ryan Raburn to Triple-A Toledo and purchased the contract of pitcher Francis Beltran to give Detroit 13 hurlers on its roster.

"The fact of the matter is, with Rodney out for a matter of time, we had no other choice," Leyland said. "Our offense is supposed to be a good offense -- and it is a good offense -- and I believe there's no question we'll hit. So we have to go this route. I don't like to do it. But when push comes to shove, you have to look at what gives us a better chance to win a game -- an extra pitcher or an extra player. It's a no-brainer that it's an extra pitcher. It's that simple."