QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

By:  Kurt Snyder & Holly Horning

Saturday’s segment has become a day to touch on as many issues as possible. While the injury to Anibal Sanchez is sure to come up, what other topics have garnered their attention?


KURT

CONCERN

Well, here we go again. Last year, coming out of spring training, Justin Verlander was struggling with a similar injury to his right triceps muscle that Anibal Sanchez is this season. JV’s injury was considered a strain and forced him to the DL to start the year, but ended up rendering him either ineffective or unavailable for more than half of the 2015 campaign.

QUESTION

As Sanchez and the Tigers play down his recent injury, thoughts now turn to who could possibly replace him to start the season should he become unavailable. Instead of guys like Shane Green, Michael Fulmer and Matt Boyd vying for a role in the bullpen, they should now be considered candidates to start the season in the starting rotation. How quickly things turn.

QUESTION

Is it appropriate to judge our manager on a topic before any decision has actually been made? You heard the words. Despite the importance of preserving the health of Cabrera and Martinez, Brad is actually considering having Miggy play third and VMart play first right away to start the season in Miami for a two game interleague series.


HOLLY

QUESTION

Shane Greene mentioned that his fingers turned black and blue last year when he pitched. Given his dramatic falloff, wouldn’t the manager, coaches and training staff be looking for visible clues? And if your fingers are discolored, why didn’t the manager, pitching coach or trainers notice them, especially when you are visiting the mound or handing off the ball?

CONCERN

Ian Kinsler: “I still have a bad a taste in my mouth from last year. There are a bunch of particular reasons for it that I am going to keep to myself.” I don’t think I’m the only one who wants to know more and none of the Detroit papers have pursued the possible reasons. Let’s hope Mr. I and Al Avila read Ian’s comment and want to find out why he said what he did.

CONCERN

One newspaper reported late on Monday that Ausmus said there were no injuries, soreness or missed practices by any players while the other newspaper published a different quote 3 days later that indicated Brad hinted at something amiss to them on Monday. The latter publication indicated they knew Sanchez was pulled from practice on Monday yet did not publish the news until Thursday when it was evident Anibal was missing. A real concern here about what created the situation where two contradictory stories were published and where the allegiances of at least one newspaper lies in withholding a story.

9 thoughts on “QUESTIONS, COMMENTS AND CONCERNS

  1. Kurt: Though a frequent detractor, I won’t criticize Ausmus for making room for Victor. Assuming Cabrera is comfortable with playing a little 3B. I will criticize inter-league play, esp.opening and closing the season with it. Holly: I would question why Kinsler would even choose to open his mouth if he isn’t going to elaborate. Sounds like something that could fester.

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    • The issue is not so much Miggy at third but Victor in the field at all. I noticed a recent newspaper story that reported that Victor was moving around “fairly well”, which I took to mean that he didn’t require a wheelchair.

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  2. Playing Cabrera at 3B and VMart at 1B the first two games of the season is the craziest thing I’ve heard this season. It’s not that the Tigers are playing straight away for a spot in the playoffs, isn’t it?

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    • Frankie, I was thinking that it may also play mind games with Castellanos. Nick is still a young player who has been “given” eB, despite his growing pains in the field & w/ the bat. Now he’s hearing from the media that Ausmus says Miggy may play 3B and VMArt 1B. He’s got to be thinking; hey, am I chopped liver? Wonder how long it will take to repair his psyche!

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  3. Holly, I hear you loud and clear regarding the different reports being published. I find that it’s gotten harder & harder to read Tiger “reporters” because all they do is spew the press releases issued. There is no investigative journalism at all! None of them want to negatively impact the perks that they’re given by digging deeper & writing something contradictory.

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  4. Wondering what the Tigers medical staff’s off season plan for Sanchez entailed. Did they even see him? Did he do any light toss under surveillance? He was coming off injury and here we are in first week, not even a Exhibition test yet, and his arm is on the bum? Crazy!

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  5. Regarding Kinsler, there must have been some affect on player morale the way things shook out with Dombrowski. Also, the “news” that Ausmus was being fired and then not happening must have been a major distraction. Maybe Kinsler wanted him gone and it’s taken a while to come to terms that he is still here. And then Rondon. What good would it do to elaborate if someone is still in the organization?

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