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Tigers’ Andrew Romine to play all nine positions on Sunday


Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that on Sunday, the final day of the season, Andrew Romine will play all nine positions barring something strange,’s Jason Beck reports.

Romine, 31, has already played eight of the nine positions for the Tigers this season, with the exception being catcher. He has never caught as a professional baseball player, but that will change on Sunday against the Twins.

This season, Romine has hit a lackluster .230/.285/.340 in 328 plate appearances, but the Tigers have found his versatility valuable. Romine will enter his third and final year of arbitration eligibility this offseason.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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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.