Andy Dirks has no idea when his back started giving him problems, only that it had been bothering him for quite some time, back to his school days. However, he can pinpoint the play on which it flared up to the point that he had to get it checked.
Justin Verlander knew on his way in to Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday morning that he probably wasn't going to be taking the mound at 1:05 p.m. ET. He was probably going to have to simulate game conditions while throwing in a cage.
Joba Chamberlain already had a chance to say hello to several Yankee teammates when they sent a squad to face the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium last week. Now, Chamberlain will return to his old Spring Training home and take the mound where his career became a saga at times.
Left-hander Casey Crosby's bid for a spot in Detroit's bullpen might not be over yet. The converted starting prospect, sidelined for the past couple weeks with tendinitis in his triceps, is scheduled for a live batting-practice session Friday at Tigertown.
Just when Justin Verlander was ready to face opposing hitters again, he met up with one foe he was never going to beat. Heavy rains at Joker Marchant Stadium washed out Thursday's Grapefruit League game between the Tigers and the split-squad Phillies.
A week after shin splints forced Jose Iglesias out of action, the Tigers do not have a timetable on his return. That's the bad news for the reigning American League Central champions and their shortstop. The good news for both is that they might finally have found a remedy for the shin issues that have bothered Iglesias for at least the last couple of years.
Blaine Hardy didn't come to camp as an oft-mentioned name among the Tigers' lefty relief candidates, but after a week in Grapefruit League play, he's doing his best to make himself into one.
No, Torii Hunter didn't actually kiss an alligator. But he got close enough to make himself nervous.
Max Scherzer drew three called-third strikes within six batters in his second start of the spring on Wednesday against the Astros. His only baserunner of the day over three innings of work came on a ground ball through the left side by speedy Jose Altuve. All in all, it was another sign of Scherzer picking up where he left off last year.
The major work to replace Andy Dirks in the outfield will come for Tigers officials, from manager Brad Ausmus to the front office, who have to evaluate whether the answer to their void is in their camp right now -- or if there's a realistic solution on the market worth their time to acquire.
The forecast has steadily improved for Justin Verlander being ready for the start of the season. The forecast for his first start of the spring, on the other hand, has grown increasingly questionable.
Making his second start of the spring, right-hander Max Scherzer threw three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three batters, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus still isn't saying where Austin Jackson will hit in Detroit's lineup, and Jackson isn't getting too worked up about it. The point right now isn't that Jackson could hit anywhere; it's that he's hitting just about anything thrown his way.
Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks will undergo back surgery Monday and is expected to miss about 12 weeks. Dirks, who was slated to start in a left-field platoon alongside Rajai Davis, will have to go through three weeks of complete rest and three weeks of therapy before he can begin baseball activities.
Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello did a lot of things well in his three innings of work on Tuesday against the Pirates. He induced five groundball outs and only gave up two hard-hit balls. However, a couple of defensive miscues around the mound left his line looking a little worse than he felt in a 5-2 loss at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler said Tuesday that some of his comments in an ESPN The Magazine story in which he criticized Rangers general manager Jon Daniels were taken out of context, but he did not deny making several inflammatory remarks about his former club.
Rick Porcello breezed through the first two innings, but he ran into trouble in the third, giving up three runs as the Tigers lost to the Pirates, 5-2, at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday. Austin Jackson hit Detroit's second homer of spring when he went deep in the fourth.
On one hand, Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos proved Monday that his bat is coming along just fine. On the other, he showed that he's still got some work to do with the glove.
Two home runs by old friend Jhonny Peralta put somewhat of a damper on Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly's second start of the spring, but the starter was pleased with his overall performance.
While one lefty reliever in Tigers camp is getting closer to pitching in a game, another had a recent setback. Casey Crosby had no complaints after a 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, but Duane Below has been shut down indefinitely with an irritated elbow.
The way Brad Ausmus sees it, he might not have been standing in the Tigers' dugout on Monday if Mike Matheny wasn't still doing the same with the Cardinals across the field.
Without the services of Jhonny Peralta, the Tigers showed that they still have plenty of firepower left, putting up seven early runs and holding on to win, 8-5, on Monday afternoon. Austin Jackson had three RBIs and Nick Castellanos homered.
Anibal Sanchez led the American League in ERA in 2013 and set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in a single game. This season, the right-hander is quietly poised to join his teammates in the elite pitching ranks.
Justin Verlander now has a date for facing actual hitters other than his own. He'll make his first start of Spring Training on Thursday against the Phillies at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Much like with baserunning, the Tigers will spend Spring Training trying out some aggressiveness on the defensive side with infield shifts, more so than manager Brad Ausmus plans for the regular season. Again, the goal is to build the mentality of getting infielders accustomed to their responsibilities.
No, the Tigers haven't forgotten about Danny Worth. For the next few days, it's certainly going to be tough to miss him. With shortstop Jose Iglesias down for most of this coming week with shin splints, Worth is getting more starts.
One day after recording 25 hits and plating 15 runs in a loss to the Nationals, the Braves played the Tigers to a 10-inning scoreless tie on Sunday afternoon at Champion Stadium. Facing the Braves for the first time since notching 17 strikeouts against them during the early portion of last year's regular season, the Tigers' Anibal Sanchez opened his Grapefruit League season with two scoreless inni
With Justin Verlander poised to rejoin the rotation next week, Lobstein stepped into the open rotation spot this first turn through Grapefruit League play on Saturday against the Astros. He not only shut down Houston, he became the first Tigers pitcher this spring to toss three innings, walking one and striking out four without allowing a hit.
The list of Tigers pitchers reveals one reliever on the 40-man roster who has not yet pitched in a game. Casey Crosby's conversion from starting prospect to lefty reliever is behind schedule while he works his way back from elbow discomfort.
Austin Jackson's RBI single and Don Kelly's two-run double fueled a five-run fourth inning that provided all the offense the Tigers needed in a 5-1 victory over the Astros on Saturday at Joker Marchant Stadium.