Drew Smyly and the “mushier and mushier” blister from hell

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If you were watching last night’s Tigers-Reds game on ESPN you saw Detroit starter Drew Smyly exit after three innings and then show off a huge blood blister on his left middle finger to everyone in the dugout.

It looked pretty gross and afterward manager Jim Leyland described it as “the worst one I’d ever seen in my life.”

Smyly told Jason Beck of MLB.com how the blister from hell came to be:

I had a mini-cut from my last start, but it wasn’t a blister or anything. So I had some type of stuff on it to keep it safe. It was holding all the blood in, so it was getting mushy. So every pitch, it was getting mushier and mushier, and it started going down my finger.

Lovely.

Smyly indicated that he expects to make his next start Saturday versus the Rockies, but obviously it wouldn’t be shocking if the 22-year-old rookie is not able to do so and maybe even needs a disabled list stint to let the blister heal.

Also, our word of the day is: Mushy.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: