Kansas City (31-58) at Detroit (43-45)

  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 16, 2005
  • TV: RTN, FSD
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The Detroit Tigers may have to be without closer Troy Percival for quite some time as they continue a four-game series with the last-place Kansas City Royals.

Percival was placed on the disabled list with a torn right forearm muscle on Thursday—the same injury that had forced him to miss nearly a month earlier this season. The struggling right-hander revealed Friday, though, that the muscle has torn away from the bone around his elbow and may require surgery.

He will see the doctor and get an MRI on Monday. If surgery is required, the 35-year-old hurler could be out for 10-12 months.

“If (the doctor) can get me back, and the team’s in the running and I can come back and throw great,” said Percival, who is 1-3 with a 5.76 ERA and eight saves in his first season with Detroit after signing a two-year, $12 million contract in the offseason.

“If he tells me, ‘Look, you need to get this fixed,’ then I’ll respect that and get it fixed. Or if he tells me, ‘There’s nothing we can do, period,’ then I’ll have to make an adjustment from there. It’s one of those things I’m still up in the air on.”

Percival, who has 324 career saves, had spent the previous 10 seasons with the Anaheim franchise, and is the only pitcher with 30 or more saves in each of the last seven seasons.

He said Friday that he had expected Detroit to be his final destination before retirement.

“My body has been too beat up to think that I can go beyond these two years,” Percival said. “I’m going to keep trying. Now, I’m just going to have to listen to what the doc tells me.”

Kyle Farnsworth earned his second save Friday in Detroit’s 4-1 win over Kansas City. Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run home run and Dmitri Young also homered as the Tigers won for the sixth time in eight games.

Joe McEwing hit his first home run in 14 months for the Royals, who have lost nine of their last 11 on the road. Jose Lima was scheduled to start Saturday but was moved up a day to replace D.J. Carrasco, who was a late scratch with shoulder tightness. Rookie J.P. Howell will fill in for Lima on Saturday.

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