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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.