Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista drew a seemingly innocent walk with two outs and his team up 3-2 in the top of the eighth inning facing right-hander Tony Zych. But because the Mariners’ middle infielders weren’t covering the second base bag and Zych’s mind seemed to be elsewhere, Bautista took second base uncontested.
Unfortunately for the Jays, Bautista was stranded on second base but they went on to win 4-2. Bautista finished 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.
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.