Player News - Tigers

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Travis Wood was not cleared to remove the splint from his fractured right index finger.

Wood can still throw since the injury isn't to his throwing hand, but it's going to be a while before he's able to catch a baseball. When he'll be ready to pitch in a game isn't known. It's obviously not ideal as he tries to win a spot as a non-roster invitee.
Feb 16 - 1:31 PM

Travis Wood had an X-ray on his fractured right index finger on Friday.

Wood will find out later Friday if he's able to take off his splint. The veteran left-hander injured the finger on his right (non-throwing) hand over the winter in a bow-hunting accident.
Feb 16 - 9:00 AM

Tigers relief prospect Bryan Garcia will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday.

Garcia met with Dr. James Andrews after experiencing recurring pain in his right elbow and was diagnosed with a complete tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. A sixth-round selection in 2016 out of the University of Miami, Garcia reached Triple-A Toledo last year at the age of 22. He boasts a 100/25 K/BB ratio and a 2.20 ERA through 73 2/3 total innings in the Tigers' minor league system. Garcia will miss all of the 2018 season and hope to compete for a big-league bullpen role in 2019.
Feb 14 - 5:20 PM

Travis Wood had a pin inserted into his right index finger after an early-January bow-hunting accident.

Wood got his hand caught as he was prepping a crossbow and told reporters Wednesday morning that it nearly snapped his right index finger in two. The good news is he's a left-handed pitcher and is already scheduled to get his cast off Thursday. This should have no real effect on Wood's chances of claiming a spot on the Tigers' Opening Day roster this spring. The veteran southpaw signed a minor league contract with Detroit on January 29.
Feb 14 - 9:27 AM

Jordan Zimmermann is feeling improvement after receiving a nerve-blocking injection in his back last week.

Zimmermann was originally expected to get another nerve-blocking injection in his neck, like he did on previous occasions, but his doctor tried a different approach this time around. The veteran right-hander admitted that he felt some initial soreness after resuming throwing, but said that he now feels "100 times better." He's slated to throw up to 120 feet on Tuesday before throwing his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday. Zimmermann owns an ugly 5.60 ERA through the first two seasons of his five-year, $110 million contract with Detroit.
Source: Detroit News
Feb 12 - 1:06 PM

Tigers relief prospect Bryan Garcia is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews next week for recurring pain in his right elbow.

There are reports that Garcia is already set to undergo Tommy John surgery, but beat writer Jason Beck of says that's not the case ... yet. Garcia, a sixth-round pick in 2016 out of the University of Miami, boasts a 2.20 ERA and 100/25 K/BB ratio over his first 73 2/3 professional innings -- all out of the bullpen. The 22-year-old right-hander finished the 2017 season at Triple-A Toledo.
Feb 6 - 5:02 PM

Tigers signed LHP Travis Wood to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wood was released by the Padres last month after posting an ugly 6.80 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 94 innings (14 starts, 25 relief appearances) last season between Kansas City and San Diego. He's still owed $7.25 million from the Royals and $750,000 from the Padres. The 30-year-old left-hander will try to revitalize his career with the rebuilding Tigers. Word is he will compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
Jan 29 - 3:28 PM

Tigers signed INF Yomar Valentin to a minor league contract.

The 20-year-old spent the first three seasons of his minor league career with the Red Sox, hitting a paltry .214/.309/.275 in 104 games between Rookie Ball and Low-A Lowell. He'll add minor league infield depth to the Tigers' organization.
Jan 27 - 8:56 AM

Tigers signed RHP Orbandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in the minor leagues since the 2014 season, but resurfaced to make five appearances in the Dominican Winter League and caught the Tigers' eye. He's nothing more than a lottery ticket at this point.
Jan 27 - 8:54 AM

Jordan Zimmermann will receive a shot prior to the start of the spring in order to help with the nerve problems in his neck and likely will miss the first week or two of the spring.

Zimmermann was troubled by neck issues while going 8-13 with a 6.08 ERA in 29 starts for the Tigers last season. He's getting the shot for precautionary reasons, so it sounds less like a setback and more like he's hoping to avoid similar problems this year. If all goes well, he said he won't need another shot the rest of the year.
Jan 25 - 5:19 PM

Alex Wilson will be given a chance to claim a spot in the Tigers' starting rotation this spring.

Wilson asked for the opportunity and the rebuilding Tigers granted his request. The 31-year-old right-hander has made just one career start at the major league level (and 230 career relief appearances), but he possesses a four-pitch arsenal and might be able to pull off the transition. His low strikeout rate will probably keep him irrelevant in most fantasy leagues no matter how this shakes out.
Jan 25 - 12:55 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that it would be hard to predict a trade of Miguel Cabrera at this point.

"That's hard to predict as far as Miggy's concerned," Avila said. "That's a huge contract, and those kind of contracts are not usually moved or easily moved." Cabrera is coming off his worst season as a professional, having posted a .729 OPS and hitting just 16 homers in 130 games with the Tigers. He's also due $184 million over the next six seasons, with vesting options for the 2024-2025 campaigns. And he possesses 10-5 no-trade rights. The 34-year-old slugger is a bounceback candidate for 2018, but unless Detroit eats a substantial portion of the contract, it's hard to see him being moved anytime soon.
Jan 24 - 5:19 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila told reporters on Wednesday that he expects Michael Fulmer (elbow) to be at full strength at spring training.

Fulmer underwent elbow surgery in September, ending his 2017 campaign. "He's thrown out to 180 feet with no restrictions and no setbacks, so right now he's on track to be 100 percent coming into spring training," Avila said. The 24-year-old right-hander finished last season with a 3.83 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 164 2/3 innings. Assuming he is healthy, he should be the ace of the Detroit staff in 2018.
Jan 24 - 5:10 PM

Tigers signed RHP Matt West to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old former second-round pick of the Rangers has made just five career appearances at the major league level and he spent the 2017 season in Japan. West will act as minor league bullpen depth for Detroit.
Jan 24 - 3:26 PM

Tigers signed LHP Caleb Thielbar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Thielbar turns 31 later this month and has pitched with the independent St. Paul Saints over the past two seasons. The Minnesota native has enjoyed success in the majors in the past and will try to secure a bullpen spot in the spring.
Jan 23 - 12:47 PM

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