The Detroit Tigers have had their share of injury concerns in the first two weeks of Spring Training, but thankfully other than Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez‘s preexisting conditions, none have been serious.
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Alex Avila‘s back and Jose Iglesias‘s shins have been a sore spot (no pun intended) for the Tigers but these maladies have kept said player out of one game or forced them to be removed from a game. Had it been the regular season they may not have missed any playing time.
This seems the case with Yoenis Cespedes, who missed a game earlier with back tightness and left yesterday’s game against the Astros in Kissimmee with quad tightness. But he seems to be okay and will likely be playing against the Braves at Walt Disney World today or tomorrow against the Phillies in Lakeland.
Speaking of V-Mart’s injury, he says its “going okay.” Nothing to get too excited about, but he is hitting, getting ready to run and may be taking some reps at first base soon.
Finally, the story of the early going in camp for the Detroit Tigers has been Anthony Gose, but he’s not the only Detroit newcomer having a good two weeks in sunny Florida.
"It’s unclear when Cespedes suffered the injury, but he was spotted pulling up at third base in the first inning while running out Tyler Collins‘ deep fly ball to left.Cespedes, who singled in his lone at-bat Thursday, remained in the game until third baseman Jefry Marte pinch-hit for him in the third inning.Cespedes, who hit a grand slam in the Grapefruit League opener for the Tigers, is batting .313 with two extra-base hits and five RBIs this spring."
Tigers’ V-Mart (knee) making progress: ‘It’s going OK’ – George Sipple, MLive
"“It’s going OK,” Martinez said of his fourth day of live batting practice while rehabbing from knee surgery. “It just feels good to get back to work with the guys and be around with the team.“Pretty much, I started doing a new workout for the knee. We started this week, putting a little more weight (on it).”Martinez, 36, said he started out taking 15 swings from each side of the plate and has been building up. He previously had been limited to soft toss in the batting cage.Martinez has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill but might try running on the field today. “I haven’t done it since surgery,” he said."
Newcomers Faring Well in Lakeland – Jeff Flannigan. iSportsWeb
"A number of players were brought to the Motor City this winter by Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski to help the Tigers make what is likely a final push for a World Series Ring. Among those were: Anthony Gose, Yoenis Cespedes, Alfredo Simon, and Shane Greene. We’ll look at all 4 and their success up to this point in Spring Training."