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Tigers news and notes: Health updates and Verlander on offense

Sanchez to pitch in opening series?

– It looks like the Tigers will miss out on facing Jose Fernandez, the oft-injured ace of the Miami Marlins, on opening day. The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Marlins will send Wei-Yin Chen to the bump, in an attempt to keep Fernandez healthy

– There is a chance that Anibal Sanchez could start the Tigers second game of the regular season, instead of Jordan Zimmermann. Not because of injury, but one reason could include the warmer Florida weather being of benefit to Sanchez. In his only start of the spring, Sanchez went four innings, allowing no hits and one walk.

Tigers Need to Shake Things Up x
Tigers Need to Shake Things Up


 

Verlander preparing for NL rules

– Since the first game of the regular season is in Miami, of the National League, Tigers pitchers will have to bat in the game. In order to prepare, the team will let Justin Verlander bat in their game on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.


 

Norris set to pitch again

– Daniel Norris will be back on the mound today, after missing his last start due to back stiffness. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia will bat clean up.


Martinez health concerns

– The idea of playing Victor Martinez at first base in the first two games of the regular season seems unlikely. Martinez is coming off a hamstring strain, and the team doesn’t want to jeopardize his health by playing him defensively.

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