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Why is Comerica Park’s grass so bad?

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A Metallica concert really messed it up

The talk before the Tigers’ game against the Blue Jays on Friday centered on two things: First, why is Ian Kinsler not in the lineup? And the second, is the outfield grass at Comerica Park even playable?

It even resulted in a little fun on Twitter.

Ian Kinsler was out with flulike symptoms, according to manager Brad Ausmus. But Tigers chief groundskeeper Heather Nabozny will need more than a few electrolytes of her own to get the field back to better conditions after heavy rains and a Metallica concert performed Wednesday at the park took their toll while the team was off for the All-Star Break.

Ausmus told reporters, “It's not pretty. There's no doubt about that. It looks worse than it is.” The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky noted the sod will be replaced while the team is on the road next week, but the AS Roma vs. PSG soccer match for July 19 could cause some problems of its own.