Quote of the Day: Ron Washington might spank Derek Holland


Jeff Fletcher of ESPNDallas.com asked Ron Washington what he’d do if Derek Holland has a second straight miserable start:

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington doesn’t expect Derek Hollandto have any sort of hangover from his miserable start last time on the mound. But if he does …

“I’m going to pull off my belt and throw him across my lap and give him a spanking,” Washington said with a smile.

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.