Player News - Tigers

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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

Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"I don't know," said Cabrera on Thursday. "I will play when I am ready to play." Cabrera said he tweaked the right side of his back in his first game at the World Baseball Classic but now his left side hurts from overcompensating. He mostly played through the injury at the WBC but didn't look like himself, batting .190 over 21 at-bats. Cabrera still has a week and a half to get ready, but his health is something fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into drafts.
Mar 23 - 7:42 PM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the United States defeated Puerto Rico in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals.

Kinsler made waves earlier in the day for saying that he did not appreciate the way that Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic celebrated passionately after big plays. Predictably, Kinsler would homer in Wednesday's WBC final. He proceeded to jog around the bases without emphasis. In addition to his no-fun home run, Kinsler also singled to lead off a two-run fifth inning for the States. Now onward to the regular season, where the veteran second baseman will try to match a 2016 campaign in which he slashed .288/.348/.484 while launching 28 homers, driving 83 runs and stealing 14 bases over the course of 153 games played. That .484 slugging percentage was his highest since 2009.
Mar 23 - 12:56 AM

Daniel Norris pitched five innings of two-run ball Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Norris struck out five and walked two in his latest solid outing. He has a 3.00 ERA through 18 innings this spring. The Tigers haven't officially named him to the rotation, but it'd be stunning if he's not their fourth starter.
Mar 22 - 4:18 PM

Alex Presley went 2-for-3 with a double Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

While JaCoby Jones's play has gotten the attention, it's actually Presley hitting best among the Tigers' center field options this spring; he's 10-for-24 with a pair of homers. Less inspiring is Presley's career .253/.295/.382 line in 1,156 career regular-season at-bats. Still, the Tigers have no good choices for center field and the left-handed-hitting Presley has to be in the mix, probably for a platoon spot, with his performance.
Mar 22 - 4:17 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) is being held out of action until Friday.

Collins had a bit of a setback with a lat muscle injury over the weekend, so the Tigers are giving him some rest. He's one of a handful of players in the mix for center field duties this season.
Mar 22 - 12:31 PM

Omar Infante (back) will be held out of action until Friday.

Infante, a non-roster invitee, was scratched from Monday's lineup with a stiff back and the Tigers are being cautious. The veteran infielder is 11-for-33 (.333) this spring as he attempts to win a job on Detroit's bench.
Mar 22 - 12:29 PM

Miguel Cabrera (back) will be held out of action until Friday as a precaution.

Cabrera left a game in the World Baseball Classic last Thursday with some back tightness. It's not a major concern, and the Tigers are wise to play things safe with their veteran slugger.
Mar 22 - 12:28 PM

Francisco Rodriguez will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.

It will be his first appearance since his stint in the World Baseball Classic. Rodriguez experienced some groin discomfort while pitching for Venezuela, but it's not a major concern. The veteran closer should be ready to go for Opening Day.
Mar 22 - 9:03 AM

J.D. Martinez said Wednesday that he's able to put weight on his sprained right foot.

That's encouraging to hear, but we really won't know anything specific until he goes for a CT scan during a visit to Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Friday. There's no clear timetable right now, but Opening Day is probably unrealistic. It's time to move him down draft boards slightly.
Mar 22 - 9:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez blanked the Mets for four innings and struck out five in the Tigers' 5-1 victory on Monday.

It looked like Matt Boyd would be the Tigers' fifth starter by default, but Sanchez has made it a race again by throwing eight scoreless innings his last two times out. They've been particularly strong scoreless innings, too; he's faced just two batters over the minimum. In doing so, he's lowered his spring ERA from 17.47 to 7.24. Boyd still seems the likely choice for the fifth spot, but Sanchez will almost surely find himself back in the rotation at some point.
Mar 20 - 5:11 PM

JaCoby Jones singled, walked and stole a base in two plate appearances Monday against the Mets.

Unless the Tigers can go get a center field -- still surely their optimum solution -- Jones would seem to stand a good chance of starting there on Opening Day. He's 10-for-30 with two homers and three steals in three tries. We doubt he's ready to hit in the majors, but it's not like the Tigers have any strong alternatives.
Mar 20 - 5:07 PM

Steven Moya went 0-for-4 on Monday and is still without a home run in 43 at-bats this spring.

Home runs are most of what Moya has to offer; he hit four in 30 at-bats last spring and five in 94 regular-season at-bats for the Tigers. Moya is out of options, so he's auditioning for the Tigers and everyone else this spring, but with a .186/.205/.233 line in 17 games, it's becoming quite possible that he'll clear waivers.
Mar 20 - 5:04 PM


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