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Justin Verlander Departs Game with Arm Cramp, but Seems to Be Fine

March 28th, 2015 at 10:36 AM
By Max DeMara

Forgive anyone associated with the Detroit Tigers if they swallowed a little harder upon watching pitcher Justin Verlander depart Friday's 4-1 loss against the Toronto Blue Jays with arm trouble.

The pitcher has had well-documented issues recently with regard to health, so there were no doubt anxious moments as Verlander was being examined. At first blush, however, it turns out everything should be fine.

During the game, Verlander experienced a cramp in his right triceps. He'll be re-evaluated, and is not expected to miss his next start. Prior to the cramp, Verlander had been pitching well despite allowing a home run.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press has the specifics on the diagnosis.

"It doesn't seem like anything serious," (Verlander) said. "Talking to the trainers, it's not near my shoulder. It's not near my elbow. It feels like a cramp."

He doesn't think he is injured, he said.

"I kind of sensed what it was," he said. Usually you get a pretty good feel for your body and if it's an injury or if it's something else. I didn't feel injured. I was able to throw."

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There’s No Doubt Angel Nesbitt Fits Perfectly with Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen This Season

March 27th, 2015 at 10:57 AM
By Max DeMara

Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles, reliever Angel Nesbitt showcased the exact type of things he could be asked to do for the Detroit Tigers if he manages to crack the roster in the next few weeks.

First, in the seventh inning, Nesbitt came on to get the final out, and did so in solid fashion. Then, Brad Ausmus stretched him out a bit, allowing him to get the first out of the eighth inning with a beautiful strikeout.

After only a handful of pitches, Nesbitt was removed in favor of Joe Nathan, who surrendered the tying run before the Tigers fought back and won the game 6-4 courtesy of a Victor Martinez two-run home run.

So far, Nesbitt has been one of the brightest stars in camp. His massive frame and his powerful arm seem to form an excellent combination with Bruce Rondon in what very well could become the lockdown combination of Detroit's future for the late innings.

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Miguel Cabrera’s Early Mobility a Good Sign for Detroit Tigers

March 26th, 2015 at 10:44 AM
By Max DeMara

Wednesday, it wasn't news that Miguel Cabrera was back in the lineup as the Detroit Tigers battled the Miami Marlins. He had already achieved that goal amid his comeback.

It was, however, news that the Tigers decided to use Cabrera in the field. In the first baseman's recovery from ankle surgery, slow and steady has been the word so far during the offseason.

But Cabrera proved right off the bat there might be no reason to worry about him in the field. Early in the game, he snagged a hot shot off the bat of former Tiger Don Kelly, throwing the ball to Alfredo Simon at first base.

The play took a likely hit from Kelly, and allowed Tigers' fans a chance to breathe a temporary sigh of relief about the prospects of a strong Cabrera in the field. Last season, Cabrera was an unsung hero at first base, playing good enough defense to be in the discussion for a Gold Glove.

Considering the Tigers were without their normal shortstop and were working a new second and third basemen into the fold, it was Cabrera who arguably held together the entire infield himself.

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Detroit Tigers Make Four More Roster Cuts, Including Starter Kyle Lobstein

March 25th, 2015 at 11:20 AM
By Max DeMara

As the month of March dwindles down, reality is beginning to set in for several Detroit Tigers' prospects.

Given their status as perennial contenders, the Tigers have a very tough roster to crack, and likely, anything less than perfection isn't going to get the job done. Sometimes, with the numbers game firmly against them from the beginning, even relative perfection won't save certain players.

Being sent to the minors Tuesday were pitchers Alex Wilson, Kyle Lobstein and Josh Zeid. All three were optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Alberto Cabrera was also sent to minor-league camp.

Considering the log-jam in the bullpen created by the signing of Joba Chamberlain and the emergence of Angel Nesbitt, it was always going to be tough for Zeid and Wilson to crack the roster. Neither excelled in spring training. Zeid was 0-2 with a 7.04 ERA and six walks.

Wilson was casually thought of as a potential immediate difference-maker when he came over from the Boston Red Sox with Yoenis Cespedes. His first look in the big leagues was a good one, considering he was 1-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 2014. Things certainly didn't go as well early in camp, with Wilson posting a 1-2 record with an 8.10 ERA.

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Three (More) Reasons to Watch the Detroit Tigers During the 2015 Season

March 24th, 2015 at 4:05 PM
By Max DeMara

Baseball is all about numbers, and for this reason, lists are always good. In that vain, Rob Neyer of Fox Sports did an excellent job breaking down the 2015 Detroit Tigers' season recently.

His piece at Just A Bit Outside, detailing three reasons to watch the Tigers in 2015, was on point. In it, Neyer pointed out some interesting talking points as it related the team, imploring folks to watch J.D. Martinez, Jose Iglesias at shortstop and Justin Verlander.

As a national writer, however, Neyer is also pressed for time, meaning he likely could have provided even more reasons to watch Detroit this coming year, if only he didn't have to focus on breaking down everyone else's teams, too.

Fortunately, doing that is certainly possible when an exclusive focus is on the Tigers. Today, a few additions to Neyer's piece are pointed out. When pairing this list with Neyer's, it's quite possible the most comprehensive guide to watching the Tigers this season is created.

Here's three more reasons to watch Detroit baseball this year, in addition to the ones Neyer provides.

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