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Tigers News and Notes: A Week Into Spring Training

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MSU Graduate. Just a city boy born and raised in south Detroit. Baseball is life, a pitcher at heart. Freelance writer for MIPrepZone (News-Herald, Press & Guide).

Hey Detroit Tigers fans, can you believe that the spring training has already been going on for a week? Yeah, me neither. Must be nice to be down in Florida right now. Today marks the second day of full-squad workouts for the Tigers. Here is what to catch up on from the day down in Lakeland.



A lot of the notable hurlers for the Tigers got to throw live batting practice, including Anibal SanchezLuke PutkonenJoe NathanKyle Lobstein, and new Tigers Alfredo Simon and Alex Wilson. Setup man Joakim Soria and recently re-signed Joba Chamberlain threw side bullpen sessions today as well, just to stay loose. Nobody seemed to suffer any setback when throwing, which is good news.


Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera received good news recently that he had been cleared to participate in non-impact baseball activity, after recovering from foot fracture surgery and having bone chips removed. Cabrera had a special anti-gravity treadmill shipped to Lakeland from the NFL Combine, which concluded this past weekend, to help him speed up the rehabilitation process.

After only being in spring training for two days, Cabrera has gone on to say that his status is unsure for Opening Day. He and fellow Tiger and “Bash Brother”, designated hitter Victor Martinez, who has yet to report to camp, will know more about their availability for the season opener as it approaches.



Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was arguably the center of attention today down in Lakeland. What caught a lot of the media member’s eyes and ears was the skipper announcing that he has joined the Twitter world.

Ausmus has said that he has been on Twitter before, but really never been as “active” as a lot of people typically are or should be.

He also said that he probably won’t be totally sucked into it and be tweeting non-stop, but maybe once in a while, might do something a little more drastic.

Really skip? Taylor Swift? Not sure how that was the first name that popped into his head when it came to having a Twitter rant. All kidding aside though, Ausmus said that it was time for him to keep up with today’s day and age, and that he was glad that social media was not around and not nearly as influential when he was still playing.

This is one for the ladies. Did you know that the Tigers skipper was listed as the most handsome manager in baseball for the second straight season? Yes, apparently ESPN’s very own Jayson Stark told Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander that Brad’s beauty puts him at the top of the list.

Well, if the season isn’t going well for Detroit, I GUESS Ausmus has this to fall back on, right? Sorry ladies, the skipper is taken.

JV was having some fun, as he always likes to do, about the whole “Brad being in Twitter” news today too.



In some more serious news to come from Brad Ausmus, he has gone on to say that he may put shortstop Jose Iglesias in the designated hitter slot.

A good call on the skipper’s part. This will allow Iglesias to keep getting his at-bats so his hitting stays in a good rhythm, while keeping him off his feet until he is 100% ready to play everyday.



Former Tigers pitcher Phil Coke still finds himself without a team as all 30 major league clubs have reported to spring training. However, there seems to be some interest from some teams.

Some people have said that they were surprised to see Joba Chamberlain get a deal with a team before Coke. The difference could be money, as Phil is asking for somewhere in the ballpark of $2MM a year. The Tigers don’t seem like serious suitors at all for Coke…..at least for now.

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