One week after it was reported that the Tigers “have to have” free agent right-hander Max Scherzer, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi wrote yesterday that James Shields’ agent, Page Odle, has been in “recent” contact with Detroit. It’s unclear if this was simply Odle trying to present Shields as a cheaper alternative than Scherzer or if the interest is mutual, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has since downplayed the report:
Dombrowski has done a heck of a job pretending that he’s not interested in starting pitching this winter. And after filling out his rotation with Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon, he can say that without looking completely crazy. However, there’s too much chatter here to suggest that he actually believes it.
As Bill wrote last night, Robinson Canó — bashed for his lack of hustle just a few days ago — busted it out of the box last night and strained his hamstring. That has now landed him on the injured list. Adeiny Hechavarria took over at second base after Cano’s last night and is starting there in today’s game versus the Nationals. No timetable has been given for Canó, but one usually misses at least a couple of weeks with hamstring pulls, sometimes longer.
Also going on the shelf for the Mets is Jeff McNeil, who hurt his hamstring on Tuesday. J.D. Davis will cover for him until he comes back. Michael Conforto is the next regular outfielder who should return to the fold. He has still not been given an offical comeback date after hitting the injured list with a concussion, but it was reported yesterday that he has been symptom free for a few days, which is a good sign.