Max Scherzer is one of the keys to success in 2012, Joakim Soria looks to be headed for the operating table, and Yoenis Cespedes is already starting in Oakland. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Right-hander Collin Balester could make occassional spot starts for Detroit Tigers - MLive, James Schmehl
I didn't want to say that I suggested this about a week after we traded for Balester, but there's really nothing else to say about this either.
A Guide To Being a New Tigers Fan - DesigNate Robertson
Rogo's words on this matter are gospel. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
No definitive answers for Tigers at four key positions - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
It's nice to see Henning back to stirring up trouble. When 4th outfielder and 7th bullpen arm become "key positions," I'll pay attention again.
Why Doug Fister Is Not a One Year Wonder - FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball, Ben Duronio
Hey, a FanGraphs article that doesn't bash the Prince Fielder signing! After you are done with your happy dance, warm up for a second one after you read the part comparing Fister to Dan Haren. (h/t Cats With Bats)
Elsewhere in Baseball:
Breaking: Very Bad News on Joakim Soria - Royals Review
An update to yesterday's link about Soria's injury: it looks like he is heading for Tommy John surgery, though nothing has been decided just yet.
Twins Make Second Round of Spring Cuts, Nishioka Optioned to Triple-A - Twinkie Town
Well, that was fast. The Twins optioned Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- you know, the guy that everyone (or just me, OK) was worried about before last season -- to AAA Rochester just one year after he came to Minnesota from Japan.
Philadelphia Phillies: Chase Utley's Knee Injury Forces Him to Leave Camp - Bleacher Report, Ian Casselberry
Man, it's nice to link Bleacher Report and not have to worry about a list of 30 scantily clad women showing up on the other end. As for the Phillies? Their rotation will probably have to be even better this season for them to get back to the playoffs.
Yoenis Cespedes reaches "demigod" status, will be A’s starting center fielder over Coco Crisp - HardballTalk, Aaron Gleeman
I think that Cespedes needs to show up to practice tomorrow in a Thor costume to make Crisp eat his words.