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LAKELAND, Fla. Victor Martinez might be hitting just .239 so far this spring, but he looks good to manager Jim Leyland.
"I see no indication of any issues at all," Leyland said of Martinez's return from the micro-fracture surgery on his left knee that forced him to miss the entire 2012 season.
Martinez has not caught in a spring training game but has worked out there a bit, throwing to the bases. Although he'll play most games as the designated hitter, Leyland said he might get back behind the plate for a game or two.
"Eventually at some point if he's real healthy, he could catch a game in interleague play," Leyland said. "But that's down the road. I don't want to make a big deal about that, because we've laid low on that. But is it a possibility? Sure, down the road.
"If we felt like it was some real nasty, nasty left-hander, and Victor was healthy enough and you felt like you weren't risking anything, you might do it. And he'll want to do it, I know that."
Avisail Garcia knows he's running out of time if he wants to make the big league club.
After Friday, there are only nine games remaining in spring training.
Including Thursday, Garcia has missed four games since bruising his right heel Saturday. Before Thursday night's game, he was walking in the clubhouse without crutches.
"My foot hurt a little bit here (heel) but here (mid-foot), nothing," Garcia said. "It's a little bit sore. When I put all my weight like this, it still a little bit hurt. I'm working a lot. I don't want to be in the trainer's room. I just want to play."
Garcia said he's icing his heel and doing whatever treatments the trainers suggest in order to try to heal his heel in time to play.
"I don't want to feel nothing (pain) before I start playing baseball," Garcia said. "That's what I want because if I start playing, I play for one week and then (hurt) again. I want to be good."
Garcia is aiming to back up Andy Dirks in left field but realizes the injury may have set him back.
"If I'm going to play, I'm going to play," Garcia said. "If not, keep working and see what happens."
Dirks, who bruised his right knee Tuesday after running into the left-field wall, remains day-to-day. Leyland said he hoped Dirks would be available Friday.
Get ready to run
Aside from Austin Jackson, Quintin Berry and Jeff Kobernus, the Tigers are not a fast team.
But they all have to be ready to run. So on Saturday, Leyland plans to have every player "run a triple."
"We'll do some other loosening up first but we'll run one triple for endurance," Leyland said. "They'll run a triple before we get out of here, hopefully Saturday. As long as you're all right, it's a get-after-it triple."
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Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder has been known for his rather rotund figure in the past but it seems these days that Mr. Fielder has seriously trimmed down.
Check out the below photo of a slimmed-down Fielder with MMA/Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer Jon Burkle and former UFC champion Ras Butten:
Looking good, Prince...looking good....
(Courtesy of The Outside Corner)
VIERA, Fla. -- It's sometimes hard to tell from his laid-back demeanor, but Drew Smyly is a fierce competitor who hates losing.
Judging by this spring, Smyly is not going to let the fifth starter's job go to Rick Porcello without a fight.
In his previous outing, Smyly had his first truly poor performance of the spring, giving up five runs on seven hits while walking one...
Rick Porcello – Photo by Keith Allison
Jim Bowden has reported via twitter
According to Tigers source the Padres have turned down Porcello for Street and Porcello for Gregorson but talks continue
The Padres were first rumored to have interest in Rick Porcello back in December. Talks were on, then off, then on, and now this. The encouraging part of this tweet is “talks continue”...
VIERA, Fla. -- Another start, another home run for Matt Tuiasosopo.
In four of his last eight games, Tuiasosopo has hit a home run. But in four of those games, he only got one at-bat, coming in later in the game.
On Friday, Tuiasosopo got Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on a 2-1 count, slamming the ball over the right-center field wall.
It was reported yesterday that the Detroit Tigers could consider retaining both starting pitchers Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. However,
Andy Martino of The New York Daily News spoke with an unnamed executive that
has discussed Porcello with the Tigers and says they think the right-hander
will be traded.
Exec who's talked #Tigers re: Porcello: "They have been actively...
Some outlets report that the Detroit Tigers could enter the regular season with Rick Porcello, while others believe a trade is inevitable.
Yesterday, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St.
Louis Cardinals are checking out Porcello, while ESPN’s Jim Bowden said the San
Diego Padres continue talks with the Tigers for the right-hander.
Rick Porcello has been the subject of endless trade rumors this offseason. One way or another, a resolution had better happen soon. (Keith Allison, Flickr)
This winter, there seems to have been no end to the Rick Porcello trade rumor mill. One week, he’s staying with the Detroit Tigers as the team’s fifth starter. The next, he’s getting dealt for a bundle of different minor...
A half-dozen scouts stood behind a chain-link fence Wednesday, making a spring training game between the High Class-A affiliates of the Tigers and Astros actually seem important.
And in a way it was.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, the subject of trade speculation, started the minor-league game because it was his day to pitch and the parent club was off.
Yet it quickly became...
Motown is outr next stop in looking at the local media covering the DETROIT TIGERS. Newspaper- Detroit is primarily a two paper town, sharing one owner with two editorial staffs. The Detroit Free Press has a fairly well laid out online sports section which includes content dedicated to the Tigers. John Lowe (Twitter) and Sean Windsor
Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave three home runs and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 7-2 Thursday night.
Carlos Corporan hit two homers for the Astros. Brandon Laird and Matt Dominguez also homered Houston.
Verlander allowed four earned runs in 5 2-3 innings. He has a 4.74 ERA this spring.
Lucas Harrell, who will pitch the second game of the season for Houston, gave up two runs...
If I were Rick Porcello, I would be sick of all the rumors surrounding me. He has been talked about for the last three months, at least once a week by all the talking heads in Baseball. Here are arguments for trading and not trading Rick Porcello.
Trade Him If:
You can get a upgrade at the shortstop position.
Jhonny Peralta is an average major league shortstop at best. He wasn’t...
Manager John Farrell acknowledged on Monday that the Red Sox have been looking to bolster their pitching depth. Don’t expect that depth to come in the form of Rick Porcello, though.
The Red Sox are not currently pursuing Porcello, who has been the subject of trade speculation recently, according to FOXSports.com.
There has been plenty of talk all offseason about whether the Tigers...