Tigers outfielder Andrew Romine hit what turned out to be a game-winning grand slam against the Twins on Wednesday. The fourth-inning blast off of Kyle Gibson turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead. It’s the first grand slam of Romine’s career and only his seventh career home run.
Romine finished 2-for-3 on the afternoon, singling along with hitting the grand slam. He’s only taken 12 plate appearances so far this season, but he’s hitting .545/.545/1.091 with three doubles and a homer.
Romine’s reward for hitting a game-winning grand slam? He got randomly drug-tested after the game. Speaking to the media — including FOX 2 Sports — after that happened, Romine said he was “a little light-headed — they took blood.”
Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.
There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.
The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.