Phils hold Amateur Lasik Night

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Stay classy, Philly:

A laser pointer was the weapon of choice for one Phils fan at Saturday’s game.

A fan at the Cards/Phillies game used a strategically placed laser
pointer to try and distract the St. Louis hitters. In the top of the
seventh inning the fan first used it on Julio Lugo, who eventually
struck out. Then the fan tried to distract Albert Pujols before umpire
Jim Wolf called time and tried to find the fan. Security went to the
section but the culprit was never caught, according to ESPN.

I think the dumbest thing about this is that someone felt that outside assistance was needed to render Julio Lugo ineffective.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.