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Steven Moya (back) is available off the bench Wednesday.

Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms, but he checked out fine Wednesday morning and is good to go. The 23-year-old is the Tigers' top position prospect, but figures to begin 2015 in the minors.
Mar 4 - 11:54 AM

Miguel Cabrera (foot) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the second straight day.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Cabrera felt really good. He still has to progress with his running program, but the Tigers couldn't ask for much more at this stage of his rehab. He still has some work to do, but Opening Day isn't unrealistic.
Mar 4 - 9:14 AM

Tigers released RHP Joel Hanrahan.

It's just a paper move, as Hanrahan needs another Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2015 season. The veteran reliever was in camp this spring as a non-roster player.
Mar 4 - 9:09 AM

Nick Castellanos (hand) is in Wednesday's lineup against the Orioles.

Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand contusion on a hit-by-pitch, but X-rays came back negative. It sounds like the Tigers aren't too worried about it. Castellanos, who turns 23 on Wednesday, hit .259 with 11 home runs and a .700 OPS across 148 games as a rookie last year and should be poised to take another step forward in 2015.
Mar 4 - 8:58 AM

Joel Hanrahan will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Terrible news. Hanrahan previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2013, but hasn't been able to make it back to the majors. He visited a specialist this week after soreness in his elbow lingered and now he's headed for another surgery. The veteran reliever can now be ruled out through the early part of the 2016 season. He'll turn 34 this October.
Mar 4 - 8:22 AM

Joakim Soria threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday in Tigers camp.

"By all accounts, he threw very well," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after the workout. Soria did not exactly shine down the stretch last season for the Tigers, but he'll probably be the next man up for saves this year in Detroit if veteran closer Joe Nathan has more problems.
Mar 3 - 4:57 PM

Yoenis Cespedes crushed a grand slam in the Tigers' 15-2 rout of the Orioles on Tuesday.

The homer came off Oliver Drake in the fourth inning. Cespedes hit cleanup, something he'll probably do a lot of this spring. Of course, the Tigers are going to want Victor Martinez in that spot on Opening Day, which could result in Cespedes hitting fifth if everyone is healthy.
Mar 3 - 4:39 PM

Joe Nathan pitched around a pair of two-out hits to throw a scoreless fifth inning Tuesday against the Orioles.

This one was right out of the 2014 playbook: two quick outs, two hits, a foul home run and an inning-ending lineout before a run could cross. Nathan is penciled in as the Tigers' closer, but his margin for error is much slimmer than it was last season.
Mar 3 - 4:38 PM

Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer and walked as the Tigers' No. 3 hitter Tuesday against the Orioles.

Manager Brad Ausmus hasn't committed to Kinsler in the leadoff spot this year, though it's hard to imagine him hitting lower than second as long as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are healthy. One option would be to lead him off against righties and let him hit second behind Rajai Davis against lefties. Avila was the No. 2 hitter today.
Mar 3 - 4:33 PM

Steven Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms.

Moya will be evaluated by the Tigers' training staff on Wednesday morning. It shouldn't be a big issue. The 23-year-old outfielder is probably on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot.
Mar 3 - 4:27 PM

Alex Avila will be out of Tigers camp for the next few days to be with his wife, who is in labor.

Avila was sidelined for a couple days last week due to a sore back, so this extra bit of rest -- if we can call it that -- comes with decent timing. Avila and his wife are expecting their second daughter.
Mar 3 - 4:25 PM

Nick Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand contusion.

Castellanos was hit in the hand by a pitch, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day, so it's not a major concern.
Mar 3 - 2:58 PM

Brad Ausmus plans to let Jose Iglesias play three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Iglesias played one inning when the Tigers matched up against Florida Southern on Monday, so his workload is ramping up gradually. The talented shortstop is recovering from two stress fractures in each of his shins, and the Tigers are hopeful he'll be ready by Opening Day.
Mar 3 - 9:33 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is confident that he will be ready in time for Opening Day.

Martinez is recovering from offseason meniscus surgery in his left knee, but said he should require only two weeks' worth of at-bats to get ready. The slugger led the league in OPS at .974 and in on-base percentage at .407 last season while batting .335 with 103 RBI while cranking out a career-high 32 home runs.
Mar 3 - 8:58 AM

Jose Iglesias (shins) played one inning in the field Monday in the Tigers' exhibition game against Florida Southern.

Iglesias, who missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his shins recorded one put-out on a pop-up and grounded out in his lone at-bat. It wasn't much, but he was thrilled. "I was really excited to get back on the field," said Iglesias. "Really happy." He's not feeling any soreness so far, but the Tigers plan to take it easy with him early in the spring. He's slated to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.
Mar 2 - 5:56 PM


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