Meet Dustin Pedroia's new favorite player


Reliever Fabio Castro arrived in Boston’s clubhouse Tuesday only to be put to the test immediately.
No, not on the mound.
5-foot-10 Marco Scutaro had the supposedly 5-foot-9 Dustin Pedroia and the 5-foot-7 Castro stand back-to-back to figure out who was taller.
According to the Boston Globe:
“The winner by an inch or so was Pedroia, who pumped his fist in celebration as Mike Lowell looked on and snickered.”
Castro, who is back in the majors for the first time since 2007, is one of two players in the majors currently listed at 5-foot-7, David Eckstein being the other. Only 5-foot-6 Reds reliever Daniel Ray Herrera is shorter.

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.