Tigers fans need not panic about Jacob Turner's tendonitis; Buck Schowalter sings Justin Verlander's praises; and ex-Tiger Ryan Perry might have just needed a change of scenery. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Panicked About Jacob Turner? Don't Be. -- Seedlings to Stars, Nathaniel Stoltz
People -- I will not name any names -- love to freak out when not so great things happen. Which is why there are plenty of Tigers fans already saying Jacob Turner is a dud. There are others, myself included, who think those people need to chill out.
Detroit Tigers' Jim Leyland admits to rushing ex-Tiger Ryan Perry up to majors too soon -- MLive.com, James Schmehl
Ryan Perry was always one of those guys I thought was about to break out. He never quite did. I hope the Tigers didn't give up on him too soon.
Anthony Castrovince: Tigers have a different look than 2008 club -- MLB.com, Anthony Castrovince
"I haven't told anybody else about this," Dombrowski says. "But in 2008, from about the first week we started playing games, I told [assistant GM] Al Avila and I told my wife, 'I'm really worried about this club. Our guys are not moving very well, and I'm just worried that we're not anywhere near as good as what people are saying.'"
Refurbished Tigers statues return to Comerica Park (Photos) -- Big League Stew, David Brown
Orioles manager Buck Showalter lauds Justin Verlander -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
"He's a baseball player who happens to be a pitcher, instead of a pitcher who happens to be a baseball player," Showalter said. I've never heard it put that way. I love it.
Dark Horses In The Lead Down The Stretch -- Motor City Bengals, James R. Chipman
Prior to the start of Spring Training, the fifth spot in the rotation was down to five guys: Adam Wilk, Andy Oliver, Duane Below, Jacob Turner, and Drew Smyly. With only a few weeks left, it seems Smyly and Oliver may be the only ones left competing.
Defensive Debacles: How Do Fielding Errors Affect a Pitchers Mentality? -- Beyond the Box Score, Joshua Worn
Worn, of Walkoff Woodward, uses Doug Fister's performance in Sunday's spring training game against the Washington Nationals to better understand how a pitcher's performance might be affected following an error.
Elsewhere in baseball:
Soria leaves game with sore elbow after another rough outing -- KansasCity.com, Bob Dutton
"The growing concern regarding Royals closer Joakim Soria escalated sharply Sunday afternoon when he left a game against Cleveland because of a sore right elbow after another ineffective performance." Maybe not totally surprising. But certainly not good for the Royals bullpen.
Is there a better way of comparing players between historical eras? -- The Hardball Times, Dan Lependorf
"How do we compare players from different eras of baseball to each other? We can't just compare raw numbers, since baseball today is a wildly different game than baseball was in 1920." Lependorf attempts to do so anyway.
What Will the Division Look Like in 2014? -- Let's Go Tribe, Dan Hennessey
Hennessey looks at the payroll patterns of the five teams in the AL Central division to see what it might look like oh ... I don't know ... two seasons from now. I'm hoping in 2014 the Tigers will be coming off their second-straight world championship. Hey! A girl can dream.
Nationals option Bryce Harper to AAA Syracuse (updated) -- The Washington Post, Adam Kilgore and Dave Sheinlin
Baseball's "chosen one" isn't going to make the opening day roster? For shame.