Chris Perez got fined for a tweet


MLB’s new social media policy has claimed its first victim. At least the first one we know about: Chris Perez of the Indians.  After last weekend’s little plunking war with the Royals, the Indians pitcher tweeted thusly:

“Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It’s not ‘Our Time,’ it’s TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period.”

Which cost him $750.  And, as Perez himself notes in Paul Hoynes’ article about it, that’s kind of nuts because the players who were actually involved in the melee only got $500 fines, but whatever.

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.