Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 pubic strain on Saturday

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This comes with horrible timing for the Tigers …

As reported by Lynn G. Henning of the Detroit News, outfielder Rajai Davis suffered a Grade 1 strain of his pubic symphysis Saturday night while sprinting down the first base line on a second-inning groundout. It’s essentially a minor groin strain, but even the mildest of groin strains can take several days — or even a few weeks — to fully recover from.

Davis is batting .282/.320/.401 with eight home runs and 36 stolen bases in 134 games this season. He’s been the Tigers’ starting center fielder since they moved Austin Jackson to the Mariners on July 31 as part of the David Price trade and there really isn’t a reliable backup for that spot on the Detroit bench.

Ezequiel Carrera will get the nod Sunday afternoon against the Twins. Detroit can grab its fourth straight AL Central title with a win over Minnesota. A loss could set up a Game 163 tiebreaker against the Royals.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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