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Tigers' Joel Hanrahan unsure about his next step
by Chris Cwik |

Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan isn't sure what's next after being shut down from throwing, according to Peter Gammons. 

Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery back in 2013, and did not pitch in the majors last season while he was recovering. He had trouble getting through a recent bullpen session, and was shut down by Detroit. 

The 33-year-old has a career 3.85 ERA over 404 2/3 innings. 

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Tigers backup catcher Bryan Holaday tweaked his stance, swing
by Igor Mello |

Tigers backup catcher Bryan Holaday told reporters he has tweaked his stance and swing after experiencing an "eye-opening" 2014 campaign, according to the Detroit Free Press

"I've made a lot of adjustments; I feel better and I'm more confident," Holaday said. "I've done a little tweaking with my stance and my swing to make it more efficient. Basically shortened the swing to make my timing better."

Holaday hit .231/.266/.276 in 171 at-bats last season. Manager Brad Ausmus appears to be impressed by Holaday's adjustments at the plate early on.

"He looks good swinging the bat," Ausmus said. "It's early, but he looks good."

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Alex Avila on Tigers RHP Alfredo Simon: 'He's got nasty stuff'
by Igor Mello |

Although pitchers tend to be ahead of hitters early in spring, teammates of Tigers right-hander Alfredo Simon have been impressed by his stuff thus far, per the Detroit Free Press on Thursday.

"He's got nasty stuff," catcher Alex Avila said. "It wasn't just from catching him today noticing that -- it was catching him from his first bullpen sessions and watching video.

"He's got nasty, electric stuff, and with him, it's always about being able to throw it for strikes, and today, he looked good. It looks like he's getting ready for the season."

Simon was acquired via trade from Cincinnati in December. He is ahead of most pitchers in camp based on his pitch-count. He tossed 75 pitches during Wednesday's bullpen session, most by any Detroit pitcher thus far this spring.

"I just try to keep my arm ready to go," Simon said. "That's why I throw so many pitches, because I try to throw to make my arm stronger to make it feel like a normal thing."

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Tigers star Miguel Cabrera getting closer to fielding grounders
by Michael Hurcomb |

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday star slugger Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is running at 65 percent body weight with a slight incline on the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, per 

Ausmus added once Cabrera gets to 80 percent body weight on the treadmill, he can start fielding grounders hit directly to him.

Cabrera already has the option to hit on the field against a batting practice pitcher. However, he has chosen to hit in the batting cages.

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Tigers' Ausmus says age didn't contribute to Joe Nathan's woes
by Michael Hurcomb |

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus stopped by to watch Joe Nathan's bullpen session Wednesday and gave the veteran reliever a stamp of approval after watching his throwing session. 

“I thought he looked good,” Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. “Just to see the action on his slider. I have faced Joe Nathan. When he’s right, I think of some of the best sliders I’ve seen – Brad Lidge, Robb Nen, Joe Nathan are at the top of the list. Mostly I was looking to see his fastball command and the action on the slider.”

The 40-year-old Nathan is coming off a down season in 2014, but Ausmus doesn't feel Nathan's advanced age will be a problem in him bouncing back in 2015. Ausmus indicated Nathan's struggles last season were a combination of poor mechanics and transitioning to a new team.

“In Joe’s case, I look at last year as more of an aberration and less as a result of the aging process,” he said. “That’s why I’m not as concerned about it.

“The reason I say that I am not concerned is because he was so good in October of 2013. And over the course of four months he didn’t age that much. As much as you want to look at an older player when he struggles and point to age, I just don’t see Joe’s struggles were a result of his age. I couldn’t imagine it would be that much of a drop-off.”

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGVictor Martinez , DH.335
HRVictor Martinez , DH32
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B109
OBPVictor Martinez , DH.409
SLGVictor Martinez , DH.565
RMiguel Cabrera , 1B101
SBRajai Davis , LF36
WMax Scherzer , SP18
ERAMax Scherzer , SP3.15
WHIPDavid Price , SP1.08
KDavid Price , SP271
SVJoe Nathan , RP35
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