The Detroit Tigers have a bit of a logjam in their starting rotation now that lefthander Francisco Liriano is in the fold. The 34-year-old is one of seven potential starters in camp, and that doesn’t even include relievers who have eyes on the rotation like Alex Wilson and Blaine Hardy. The Tigers might join some other teams in using a six-man rotation — their early season schedule is relatively busy — but we haven’t heard much on that front.
Someone is going to get pushed out of the rotation, and that someone might be lefty Daniel Norris. The Tigers have said Norris will compete for a starting spot, but their actions on Monday say otherwise. Norris worked the eighth inning of a 4-2 loss to the New York Mets, throwing 12 pitches. That was it.
As MLive’s Evan Woodberry notes, we should have seen Norris throw “three innings and about 40-50 pitches.” However, pitching coach Chris Bosio wanted to see Norris out of the ‘pen.
“Bos said he was going to put him in here at the end of the this game and see if the juices flow a little bit, just to let him throw at that time of the game,” Gardenhire said.
Gardenhire was quick to note that Norris would continue stretching out as a starter, which we certainly hope is the case. There might not be a more valuable player to the Tigers’ rebuild in 2018 than Norris, who could give Detroit two legitimate top-end starters if he stays healthy and finds the strike zone. We’ve seen pitchers successfully move from the rotation to the bullpen and back again — miss you, Drew Smyly — but it’s not all that common.
Hey, you look familiar
Every year, the Tigers hold an open tryout in Lakeland. Rarely does anyone get signed at this event — former outfield prospect Wynton Bernard might be the rare example — but it doesn’t hurt to make a bunch of wannabes run, throw, and hit for a couple hours.
This year’s tryout included a couple of familiar-ish faces: former Baltimore Orioles Steve Clevenger and Nolan Reimold. Clevenger last appeared in the majors in 2016, when he put up a .611 OPS in 22 games for the Seattle Mariners. Reimold had a .664 OPS for the Orioles that same year. Both played independent ball last season, but are probably coming to the end of their respective careers.
Speaking of familiar faces...
The Astros have placed Rule 5 pick Anthony Gose on outright waivers, per sources. If he clears, they must offer him back to the Rangers.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) March 5, 2018
If he goes back to the Rangers, Gose’s Astros career will have lasted all of three batters faced. All three walked.
All is right with the world
Ichiro being is a Mariner again is unequivocally good. My Column: pic.twitter.com/SPQZhzOAmZ— kat ™️ (@bgardnerfanclub) March 5, 2018
Around the horn
Kurt has three reasons to be excited about the Tigers (and some DOOOM). Grant Brisbee on Russell Wilson, New York Yankee. It’s time for the Phillies to start spending. Bryce Harper isn’t a free agent for six more months, though. Should Billy Hamilton come off the bench? Here’s why that’s a bad idea. The Nationals sent their first round pick home because he violated team rules.