Player News - Tigers

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Daniel Norris said he was dealing with a "dead arm" during Monday's outing versus the Braves in which he allowed nine runs on 13 hits and a walk over three innings.

"Tonight, even in warm-ups, could feel everything was out of whack," said Norris, who added that his arm "feels like it weighs a million pounds." It's obviously not the kind of thing you want to hear a week before the beginning of the season, but at least he doesn't seem to be dealing with any sort of injury. Norris had been pitching very well this spring until Monday and remains an intriguing option in fantasy leagues. You just might be better off benching him for his first start or two to see how he looks.
Mar 27 - 8:13 PM

Jordan Zimmermann yielded one run in 5 1/3 innings Sunday against a Blue Jays split-squad.

Kendrys Morales and Ezequiel Carrera were the only major leaguers the Jays brought for this one, so Zimmermann's performance probably wasn't as encouraging as the line suggests. He'll take it, though; he had given up nine earned runs over two innings in his previous two outings. We have little faith that Zimmermann will rebound to the point of having mixed-league value this year.
Mar 26 - 4:13 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a pair of homers to minor leaguers in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez has gotten lit up in both of his official spring appearances and he suffered some groin tightness while pitching in the WBC, but we're not overly worried at this point. He's not an elite closer these days, but he should do well enough for Detroit.
Mar 26 - 4:11 PM

Nicholas Castellanos homered, doubled and walked Sunday against the Blue Jays.

It's pretty much certain now that Castellanos will open up as the Tigers' No. 2 hitter. It's not the ideal spot for him, but it does give his fantasy value a boost. He's a nice late-round option in mixed leagues.
Mar 26 - 4:09 PM

Miguel Cabrera singled in a run and struck out in two at-bats Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Cabrera was making his first appearance since suffering some back tightness in the WBC. He's not going to need many at-bats this week to ensure his presence in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
Mar 26 - 4:08 PM

Anthony Gose will begin throwing bullpen sessions as a conversion to pitcher is considered.

Gose will play the outfield for Triple-A Toledo, but he could also eventually get into games as a pitcher if he looks good in side sessions. The 26-year-old threw in the mid-90s in high school.
Mar 26 - 11:02 AM

Tigers optioned C John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo; re-assigned OF Anthony Gose, RHPs Ruben Alaniz, Joe Jimenez, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, Edward Mujica and 1B Dominic Ficiciello to minor league camp.

There aren't any surprise cuts in this group. Hicks didn't have a shot at a roster spot as long as James McCann and Alex Avila were healthy.
Mar 26 - 9:07 AM

Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.
Mar 26 - 9:01 AM

Tyler Collins went 1-for-3 and drilled a three-run bomb in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

This was his second game back in action after missing time with a strained lat muscle that has bothered him throughout camp. He is batting just .220 with two homers in 41 at-bats. Collins has a very shaky hold on the starting centerfield job in Detroit. The 26-year-old has seen limited major league action over the last three seasons, holding a career line of .253/.309/.401 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 134 games.
Mar 25 - 6:52 PM

Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless, scoreless frames while striking out six batters but the Tigers still lost to the Pirates on Saturday.

He walked one batter and saw an error made behind him but was otherwise perfect. Sanchez was shelled in each of his first three games of the spring before making some mechanical adjustments. In three games since then he has been unscored upon. On March 9th his ERA was 17.47 and now it is down to 5.03 in 19 2/3 innings. He is battling Matt Boyd for the last rotation slot on the Tigers' staff. Sanchez turned in a rough 5.87 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings a year ago.
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Miguel Cabrera said Saturday that his back is improving and that he's scheduled to play first base in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday.

He'll take batting practice on Saturday and if all goes well he'll return to game action on Sunday. Provided he can avoid any further setbacks, he should be ready to go for the start of the regular season. At this point, there's no reason for his stock to be falling in fantasy drafts.
Mar 25 - 11:19 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Saturday that Michael Fulmer will start the team's home opener against the Red Sox on Friday, April 7.

With Justin Verlander set to start on Opening Day, expect Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris to work in some order in the second and third games of the season. Matt Boyd continues to be the leading candidate for the fifth and final spot in the rotation to start the season.
Mar 25 - 11:10 AM

Matt Boyd struck out five over five scoreless innings Friday as the Tigers edged the Braves 3-2 in 10 innings.

Anibal Sanchez has done well of late, but Boyd would seem to have the fifth spot in the Detroit rotation clinched after this. He's allowed a total of one run over 15 innings in his last three starts, and he still hasn't walked a batter in 21 2/3 innings for the spring. He's not one of our favorite AL-only sleepers, but if he can keep this whole never-walking-anyone-no-matter-what thing going, he'll have some value.
Mar 24 - 6:00 PM

Tyler Collins returned to action Friday and went 1-for-3 against the Braves.

Collins missed a few more days with his troublesome lat muscle. He was able to play center field today, which seems like a good sign. Still, it's been a rough spring for him while dealing with the injury -- he's hit just .211/.225/.342 in 38 at-bats -- and it remains to be seen what the Tigers will do with him. While he's not a particularly good platoon option in center field, he is out of options and the Tigers don't want to lose him.
Mar 24 - 5:57 PM

J.D. Martinez will be shut down for 3-4 weeks after being diagnosed with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.

Martinez doesn't need surgery, but he'll be in a cast for 7-10 days and won't be ready for baseball activities again until well into April. It will obviously be quite a while after that before he's ready to play in a major league game. Steven Moya is likely to handle right field while Martinez is on the shelf.
Mar 24 - 4:13 PM


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