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Protective netting to be extended at Yankee Stadium this offseason


The Yankees finally announced on Sunday that the team will “significantly expand” protective netting at Yankee Stadium this offseason. The team notes the additional protective netting “will exceed the current guidelines established by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.”

Nearly two weeks ago, a young fan was struck by a foul ball and injured at Yankee Stadium, which reinvigorated calls for more protective netting. Many teams took the initiative and announced plans to extend netting at their own stadiums, but the Yankees took their time. According to the announcement, the Yankees consulted with architects, engineers, netting manufacturers, and MLB reps to determine the best and most appropriate type of netting material, color, and installation methods.

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.