Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have a person wearing a Dodgers uniform with a large head walking around the ballpark entertaining people, posing for pictures and the like. Most people call that a mascot. The Dodgers, however, would like to set the record straight:
“It’s not a mascot,” said Dodgers executive vice president of marketing Lon Rosen. “It’s a unique performance character.”
Then Mr. Rosen stated that black was white and promptly got himself killed at the next zebra crossing:
Nope. Not a mascot at all. Totally different deal.
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.