Pedro Martinez is again considering a comeback


Veteran pitcher Pedro Martinez sat out for the entire 2010 season because of a lack of personal motivation and an eventual lack of interest from big league teams.  He’s hoping things are different in 2011.

Martinez trained Thursday with the Licey Tigers of the Dominican Winter League and told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he is considering a return to the majors next season.

The left-hander, recently turned 39, posted a nice-looking 3.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over nine starts in 2009 while fanning 37 batters and walking only eight in 44.2 innings of work.  He averaged 88.5 MPH with his fastball, according to FanGraphs, and paired that with a 77.1 MPH changeup.

It’s doubtful that a major league team will be open to offering him a rotation spot, no matter how well he performs in throwing sessions this winter, but Pedro still has the goods to be a capable long reliever.  And every club is looking for well-shaven bullpen help.  Zing!

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.