Five runs on seven hits in two innings of work. That was the line on Zach Miner as he got hammered out of the game in the Tigers 6-4 loss to the Pirates earlier today. Outside of that, the pitching wasn’t too bad. Justin Verlander gave up a run in three innings while Ryan Perry shined with two strikeouts in his single inning of work.
Curtis Granderson belted his first spring homerun as he gets ready to leave the team for the WBC. With Grady Sizemore on the shelf, Granderson should get the start out in centerfield for the US team. Brent Clevlen had a big hit with a two run triple and Mike Hessman singled home a run as they fight for a roster spot (both he and Mike Hessman are out of options so the Tigers have some tough decisions to make).
The Jeremy Bonderman thing is a little disappointing. He was supposed to throw a simulated game on Saturday but even that got held back because of some shoulder soreness. He’s going to be shut down for a few days so we’ll have to wait and see with regard to him.
The Tigers play Florida Southern tomorrow and Max Russell gets the start. Rick Porcello and Joel Zumaya will both get some innings and they’ll be the two guys I’m most interested in seeing how they perform.
According to John Lowe, Bonderman has returned to Detroit to have his shoulder looked at. Let’s just say, I have my fingers crossed.