Octavio Dotel apologizes for his comments about Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander is now 30, and one writer thinks Nick Castellanos might see some time in Detroit this season. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Tigers' Octavio Dotel apologizes to Miguel Cabrera for leadership comments
The Detroit News, Tom Gage
Whoever had four days in the "amount of time it takes for the media to overdramatize someone's comments" pool, you may now collect your reward.
Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander throws first live batting practice session of spring, shrugs off turning 30
MLive, Chris Iott
For someone who got dumped by Kate Upton and turned 30 in the same week, Verlander seems pretty chipper.
Leyland on bullpen decisions: Somebody won’t be happy
Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
I'd like to see another lefty in this mix, but it's nice to have some depth in the bullpen. Hopefully the Tigers can ride hot hands all season long.
"...based on the walk rates alone you could formulate the theory, hell, you could have watched three games last year and come to the decision, that he should only face right handed batters as a strict ROOGY situational arm. Jose Valverde cannot pitch against left handed batters."
What is the Best Tigers Line-up?
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
I would pay money to see Jim Leyland use one of these lineups just to read the post-game comments at MLive and the Detroit News.
Dylan Bundy, TINSTAAPP, and rational exuberance
Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer
The big mistake in this post is that Neyer suggests that Justin Verlander was once a prospect, and not just a merciless robot biding his time before he destroys all signs of life in 29 MLB cities. As for Bundy, expect to see him in May or June unless injuries force him to the big leagues sooner.
Giancarlo Stanton hit in head with pitch by top Miami Marlins prospect Jose Fernandez
Big League Stew, Mike Oz
HIS PRICE IS DROPPING, GO GET HIM DD. Seriously though, it's good to see that Stanton seems to be OK.
David Price says he wouldn’t sign with the Yankees because of their facial hair policy
HardballTalk, Craig Calcaterra
Somewhere, Brian Cashman was heard muttering about having "two hundred million reasons" for Price to "shave that f***ing beard."