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Top Tigers News

  • Tigers' Chris Smith: Ruptures UCL in live BP session

    Tests revealed that Smith suffered a torn UCL during his live batting practice session Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Smith was a long shot to break camp with the Tigers as things stood before, but now it seems like he's in danger of missing the entire 2019 season, if not more. No official word has come out from the Tigers, though this is the kind of injury that frequently needs Tommy John surgery to fix. More information will likely come out in the coming days as Smith and the team determine his next steps.

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  • Tigers' Joe Jimenez: Coming along slowly in spring

    Jimenez has been nursing some minor muscle soreness in his right arm since reporting to spring training last week and will be eased into Grapefruit League action, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Jimenez was at least able to complete his third bullpen session of the spring Tuesday, so the arm issue shouldn't be viewed as a major concern. He'll still need to progress to facing hitters in live batting practice before the Tigers sign off on his spring debut, which could happen as soon as next week. Jimenez is projected to serve as the top setup man for closer Shane Greene this season.

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  • Tigers' Kaleb Cowart: Focusing mainly on pitching in camp

    Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that he plans on using Cowart primarily as a pitcher during spring training, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. "We want him to get more involved in the pitching part of it right now," Gardenhire said. "We know what he can do defensively."

    When Detroit claimed Cowart off waivers in late January, it was expected that he would report to camp in preparation for a two-way role. That still looked to be the plan when Cowart took part in all infield drills Monday, but Gardenhire instead decided he wanted to get a longer look at the 26-year-old on the mound. Given that Cowart primarily played the infield along with some spot duty in the corner outfield since turning pro in 2010, it makes sense for the Tigers to use the spring to see if deploying him as a two-way player is even a feasible plan. Coming out of high school, Cowart sported a fastball that sat around 92-to-95 miles per hour, so he'll at least have a good foundation with which to start from.

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  • Tigers' Josh Harrison: Signs with Tigers

    Harrison signed a one-year deal with the Tigers on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Harrison is expected to be the Tigers' everyday second baseman, potentially pushing Niko Goodrum to first base and Miguel Cabrera to designated hitter. Harrison has been a capable starter in the past, though his numbers slipped in an injury-plagued season last year, as he hit just .250/.293/.363. A bounce-back season certainly isn't impossible with good health for the 31-year-old, and a strong first half could see him flipped to a contender at the deadline.

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  • Tigers' Chris Smith: Suffers shoulder injury

    Smith had his shoulder checked out Wednesday after feeling something during a live batting practice session, Jason Beck of reports.

    The severity of the issue is not yet clear. The 30-year-old is a long shot at best to break camp with the Tigers, with just four big-league games under his belt. Any time lost to injury this spring would only serve to decrease his already slim chances.

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  • Tigers' Franklin Perez: Cleared for full workouts

    Perez (stomach) was cleared to resume full workouts Wednesday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Perez reported to camp without any limitations but was sidelined for the past three days after experiencing acute stomach pain. As anticipated, it didn't prove to be a major setback for Perez, who should be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut at some point within the next week.

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  • Tigers' Franklin Perez: Battling stomach pain

    Perez has been out since Sunday with acute stomach pain, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    The exact nature of the injury is unclear, but the issue doesn't seem to be muscle-related. The team ran tests Tuesday to determine the cause of the pain.

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  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Back at camp

    Fulmer (personal) returned to the Tigers' spring training facility Monday, Jason Beck of reports.

    Fulmer left camp late last week and returned to his home state of Oklahoma to be with his father, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery. The 25-year-old right-hander said his father is recuperating well, so it's not expected that Fulmer will miss much further time during spring training. He was absent for only two workouts while he was back in Oklahoma, so he won't be too far behind his fellow pitchers during camp.

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  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Away from camp for personal reasons

    Fulmer has been away from the Tigers for a few days for personal reasons, Jason Beck of reports.

    Fulmer is reportedly attending to a family issue. The delay is unlikely to affect his preparation for Opening Day, as he's expected back as soon as Sunday.

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  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Loses arbitration case

    Fulmer lost his arbitration case Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Fulmer filed for $3.4 million but will wind up making just $2.8 million. The 25-year-old had been on track for a good deal more than that after two strong years to start his career but stumbled significantly in his third season. Injuries limited him to just 24 starts as he slumped to a 4.69 ERA. After surgery to repair a torn right meniscus in September, he appears to be on track for Opening Day and perhaps a bounceback year.

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  • Tigers' Matt Moore: Absent for start of camp

    Moore left the Tigers' spring camp Tuesday due to the impending birth of his child, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Moore is expected to be away from the team for the next few days to spend time with his wife and the newest addition to their family. The missed time shouldn't put him too far behind the rest of the Tigers' other pitchers, though it could result in him making one or two fewer starts in Grapefruit League play. Guaranteed $2.5 million this season after striking a deal with Detroit in November, Moore is likely in the driver's seat for a back-end rotation spot but will be far from a dependable fantasy option after delivering a 6.79 ERA and 1.66 WHIP across 102 frames with Texas in 2018.

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  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer: Returns to mound work

    Fulmer (knee) threw off a mound Monday, The Detroit News reports.

    Fulmer underwent knee surgery to repair a torn right meniscus in mid-September. Though he was reportedly behind schedule at one point during the offseason, he was still expected to be ready by the start of spring training, and he has indeed been able to hit that timeline. Barring setbacks, he should be fully up to speed by Opening Day.

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  • Tigers' Niko Goodrum: Favorite for second-base duties

    Goodrum will enter Detroit's spring camp as the clear frontrunner for the starting second base job, Jason Beck of reports.

    Goodrum entered last spring as a non-roster invitee with limited expectations but secured his spot on the Opening Day roster largely on the strength of his positional versatility. Manager Ron Gardenhire made ample use of Goodrum's ability to bounce around the infield and outfield, deploying the switch-hitting 26-year-old at least once at every position except for pitcher, catcher and center field over the course of the season. With the Tigers moving on from their primary option at the keystone in 2018 (Dixon Machado) and bringing in no second basemen of note this offseason, Goodrum should solidify his spot atop the depth chart so long as he doesn't totally flop in Grapefruit League play. Goodrum's swing-and-miss ways (27.8 percent career strikeout rate in the majors) make him a batting-average risk, but he showed an appealing power/speed combination when given steady at-bats last season.

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