Detroit Tigers Links: Brandon Inge's Groin Injury & Mike Trout Optioned to Triple-A

Mar. 24, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge (15) throws to first base as New York Yankees catcher Jose Gil (87) slides during the sixth inning at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Roster predictions, roster predictions, roster predictions. These, and more roster predictions in this special Weekend Prowl.

Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge scratched with sore groin, listed as day-to-day - MLive, James Schmehl
Lost amid the minor panic over Gerald Laird's knee yesterday was Brandon Inge staying in Lakeland (he was on the travel roster) because of a minor groin injury.

And The Winners Are..... - Motor City Bengals, John Verburg
John gives his predictions for who will win the final roster spots as Spring Training winds down.

Last man standing? -
Mario gives his take on the 5th starter spot, as always, in very objective fashion. I agree 100% with his point that Drew Smyly needs to be on a regular starting schedule, whether that is in Detroit or Toledo.

2012 Prediction Series: The Opening Day Roster - Walkoff Woodward, Josh Worn
Yay, more roster predictions! Doc's crystal ball is a little more bold than some of the others we've seen, but (spoiler alert!) not bold enough to leave Brandon Inge in Toledo.

AL Central preview: Just how many games will the Tigers win this one by? - Big League Stew
Other than David Brown trying to be funny (and failing miserably) when talking about the Tigers defense, the title explains it all. Surprisingly, neither writer is excited about the Kansas City Royals.

What’s in Stohr? Tigers’ Tyler Stohr talks big-league camp experience - Through The Fence Baseball, Tyler Stohr
Stohr was optioned to AA Erie after spending a good portion of the spring with the Tigers. He gave up one earned run in 2 1/3 innings.

Campus Martius to host food truck rally on Tigers' opening day - The Detroit News, Melody Baetens
If you are going to be in downtown Detroit on Opening Day, this seems like the place to be. There will be six food trucks and a VIP area with a cash bar and TVs.

Elsewhere in Baseball:

Los Angeles Angels option Mike Trout to Triple-A - ESPN Los Angeles, Mark Saxon
With Trout heading to Salt Lake to start the season, I think it's safe to say that Bobby Abreu isn't going anywhere (he was rumored to be heading to Cleveland at one point) in the early part of the season.

Target Field gets a real live mascot race... - Twinkie Town
In what might be the most exciting development for Twins baseball this season, the front office has announced that they will have an on-field mascot race during home games. I am so happy that the Tigers don't do this.

Royals’ rotation set as Paulino will go on disabled list - Kansas City Star, Bob Dutton
The Royals' rotation -- proclaimed by some to be the best in the division -- now consists of Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Luis Mendoza, and Danny Duffy. Umm... yeah.

Braves Sign Livan Hernandez - MLB Trade Rumors, Ben Nicholson-Smith
Hernandez was unemployed for a period of roughly three hours after he was released by the Astros. The Braves are hurting for starting pitching at the moment, with Tim Hudson on the DL and Julio Teheran struggling this spring (yeah, we had something to do with that).

Daniel Bard strikes out seven in final rotation audition - HardballTalk, Matthew Pouliot
In a pitching race where someone (or, in this case, everyone) seems to be doing well, Bard made a statement to be part of Boston's rotation at the beginning of the season.

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