[tps_title]5. Everyone should be healthy….right?[/tps_title]
*Knocks on wood* We hope so.
This time a year ago, a lot of the big names for the Tigers were either rehabbing from offseason injuries or, in Verlander’s case, suffered one that caused him to miss significant time for the first time in his career.
Both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez were both recovering from offseason surgeries, taking major baby steps into spring training.
The former had no setbacks from his surgery and was his typical self aside from the six weeks his missed late in the season with a calf injury, while the latter had minor knee surgery roughly a month before the season, missed another month during the season with the same problem, and was never able to rebound to his normal self.
Verlander of course was on a cruise control last spring, primed to return to his Cy Young form and forget his difficult 2014 campaign. A tricep injury put him on the shelf until June, and it took him a while to figure out how to pitch. That said, Tigers fans got to see a glimpse of an evolved, yet still very effective, Justin Verlander.
So who do we need to keep an eye on heading into spring camp? The first name that comes to mind is Anibal Sanchez. A roller coaster of a season for the 2013 ERA champion ended with a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final six weeks of the season, and he still gave up the most home runs in the American League (29).
Tigers baseball is almost here. Eat ’em up, Tigers!