Jacob Turner's recovery is going well, Max Scherzer could be another ace in the Tigers' rotation, and Chipper Jones has to have knee surgery. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Turner's recovery might be too late to get back in 5th starter competition -- Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
At this point, I really don't think Turner has much of a shot to make the opening day roster. But, then again, stranger things have happened. However, recovery or not, I don't think it's enough time to properly evaluate his performance. He needs to spend time down on the farm before he gets brought up.
Max Scherzer could give Tigers another pitching ace -- Detroit Free Press, John Lowe
Max Scherzer is a weird situation. He's either crazy good on the mound or he's fighting to find the strike zone with every pitch. But, I will tell you this, Scherzer looked damn near unbeatable on Saturday. Spring training or not, it was impressive.
Miguel Cabrera to be examined Tuesday, could be ready to play opening day -- Sporting News
I also heard reports that Cabrera could be cleared to play this week, which would be awesome considering he certainly could benefit from a few more games at the hot corner before the opening of the season.
MLive poll results: Many fans expect historic season from Detroit Tigers starting rotation -- MLive.com, Chris Iott
They certainly have the potential to be a shutdown rotation. But that's why there's a difference between perception and reality.
Leyland: More than two guys for last roster spot -- Beck's Blog, Jason Beck
Have you ever seen/heard this much commotion over a 25th roster spot position in the history of ... ever? Yeah, me either.
MLB Network analyzes more Grapefruit League X-factors -- Sporting News, Chris Bahr
"Prior to the first pitch of the Major League Baseball season—well, the first pitch on North American soil, anyway—MLB Network will analyze each team. Its "30 Clubs in 30 Days" programming continues this week." The Tigers will be featured tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Tigers Could Break Camp With Only Four Starting Pitchers -- The Tigers Den, Matt Snyder
We're less than two weeks away from opening day and we still don't know who the Tigers' fifth starter will be. Is it possible they'll start the season with four starters? Snyder thinks so.
A Detroit Tigers Blog: Can Quintin Berry Make the Tigers Roster? -- Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
There's been a lot of buzz about Quintin Berry this spring training and it's clear that he's one of Jim Leyland's favorites. And, well, we know what happens when you're a favorite of Leylands. So, will Berry make the opening day roster?
Elsewhere in baseball:
SweetSpot TV: AL Central preview -- SweetSpot Blog, David Schoenfield
Your obligatory AL Central preview post for the day. This one from Schoenfield is a video, not an article. So, there's that.
Chipper Needs Knee Surgery Again–What Else Is Knew? -- Tomahawk Take, Fred Owens
Well, that's awkward. So much for a proper retirement season send off.
$26 Hot dog! Texas Rangers to serve 2-foot, 1-pound wiener -- Big League Stew, David Brown
I would be lying if I said I didn't want one of these.
Report: The Angels are the frontrunner to sign Roy Oswalt -- HardballTalk, D.J. Short
"We've seen renewed speculation over the past 24 hours that the Cardinals could make a run at Roy Oswalt now that Chris Carpenter is sidelined indefinitely due to nerve irritation in his shoulder. While that may still happen, it appears that a surprise team has entered the mix." I will believe it when I see it.