The head of the players union called into the Dan Patrick Show and talked about the 211-game suspension of Alex Rodriguez, saying he felt what Bud Selig did was “inappropriate and almost ridiculous.” He went on to say that he had hoped that the two sides would have worked things out.
But that didn’t happen, of course. And this just further underscores the notion that the basis of the appeal is going to be a defense focusing on the proportionality of the discipline, not the culpability of the player. At least not primarily.
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.