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  • Tigers' Brendan White: Throws bullpen session

    White (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    It was his first time throwing off a mound since a brief shutdown period due to posterior right elbow discomfort. White will throw another bullpen session Thursday as he ramps back up with an eye on a Grapefruit League appearance.

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  • Tigers' Sawyer Gipson-Long: Resumes throwing

    Gipson-Long (groin) began a throwing program over the weekend, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Working his way back from a left groin strain, Gipson-Long will continue to ramp up his throwing progression and conditioning this week. It will be a while before he's cleared for Grapefruit League action, and the injury might be enough to rule him out for an Opening Day roster spot.

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  • Tigers' Riley Greene: Back in action

    Greene (elbow) will start in right field and bat leadoff in Tuesday's split-squad game against the Blue Jays, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Greene's spring debut was delayed slightly after he had Tommy John surgery on his right (non-throwing) elbow last September. He was able to make his Grapefruit League debut as the designated hitter Monday and is now ready to take the field for the first time this spring. He showed significant improvement at the plate last season, adding more than 100 points in OPS, and Greene figures to take another step forward as Detroit's everyday right fielder in his age-23 campaign.

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  • Tigers' Kerry Carpenter: Cleared for running work

    Carpenter (hamstring) was able to do some running early Tuesday morning, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Carpenter was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain Friday, and while the Tigers are saying he's day-to-day, it seems it may be awhile yet before we see him in exhibition games. The 26-year-old still has plenty of time to prepare for the start of the season, and the fact that he has already resumed running bodes well for his chances of being available for Opening Day.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Effective in spring debut

    Wentz tossed two scoreless innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He allowed a hit and two walks, while striking out five.

    It's of course a small sample, but this was an encouraging outing for Wentz. The southpaw mostly served as a starter for the Tigers last year and struggled mightily, posting a 6.90 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 105.2 innings. The team announced before spring training that Wentz will be focusing on a relief role in camp, with some hope that his stuff will play up out of the bullpen. It remains to be seen if Wentz can remain effective in this role, though it seems like Detroit will give him an opportunity to establish himself as a left-handed relief option heading into the regular season.

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  • Tigers' Jack Flaherty: Sharp in short team debut

    Flaherty logged a scoreless inning without allowing a hit or a walk in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He struck out two.

    Flaherty, who joined the Tigers in December on a one-year, $14 million deal, looked good despite not lasting very long. The righty only tossed 10 pitches, with nine of them going for strikes. Flaherty figures to stretch out some in his next start as he ramps up for the regular season. He should have a rotation spot securely locked up, likely slotting in somewhere behind Tarik Skubal and fellow Detroit newcomer Kenta Maeda. Flaherty will be hoping to improve upon an uneven 2023 during which he posted a 4.99 ERA across 144.1 innings for the Cardinals and Orioles.

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  • Tigers' Alex Faedo: Has uneven spring debut

    Faedo allowed two runs on four hits across two innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays. He struck out three.

    The strikeouts were nice, but Faedo was also too hittable, with the key blow being a home run by Yu Chang. Faedo appeared in 15 games for the Tigers in 2023, with 12 starts, but he's likely been pushed out of a rotation spot due to the offseason additions of Kenta Maeda and Jack Flaherty, and several other pitchers have gotten healthy. Faedo will instead look to snag a bullpen role coming out of spring training. The righty won't be on the fantasy radar as a middle reliever.

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  • Tigers' TJ Hopkins: Sent to Triple-A

    Hopkins cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

    Hopkins was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Thursday but will stick in the organization after he passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old spent most of last season at the Triple-A level with the Reds and had a .925 OPS in 94 contests.

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  • Tigers' Reese Olson: Struggles in spring debut

    Olson allowed two runs on a hit and three walks across 1.2 innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

    It wasn't the smoothest spring debut for Olson, as he struggled with his command, throwing only 16 of his 39 pitches for strikes and issuing the three walks. The young righty posted a 2.9 BB/9 in his rookie season last year, an area he'll look to improve on in his sophomore campaign. Olson should get a chance to start this season, though the Tigers did add Jack Flaherty and Kenta Maeda in the offseason, which makes the rotation more crowded.

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  • Tigers' Gio Urshela: Not viewed as platoon bat

    Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris said Friday that he does not view Urshela as a strict platoon bat, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Urshela was much better against lefties than righties during an abbreviated sample in 2023, but his career splits are pretty even, as he's posted a .773 OPS versus southpaws and .734 OPS against right-handers. The 32-year-old will be in the mix to receive ample playing time at third base in Detroit and is also capable of filling in at all other infield positions. It's possible the Tigers' addition of Urshela will lead to Matt Vierling spending more time in the outfield.

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  • Tigers' Brendan White: Nearing bullpen session

    White (elbow) will play catch this weekend and is scheduled for a bullpen session early next week, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    The right-hander was shut down from throwing for a few days early this week due to posterior right elbow discomfort, but his quick return is an encouraging development. White made his MLB debut last season and posted a 5.09 ERA and 44:15 K:BB over 40.2 innings, and he should have a chance to earn a spot in Detroit's Opening Day bullpen.

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  • Tigers' Kerry Carpenter: Managing hamstring issue

    Carpenter was diagnosed with a mild hamstring strain Friday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

    It doesn't appear to be a serious injury, though Carpenter will likely be held out of action for at least the first few days of the Grapefruit League schedule. The 26-year-old slugger, who hit 20 homers with an .811 OPS in 118 games last season, is considered day-to-day.

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  • Tigers' TJ Hopkins: Designated for assignment

    Hopkins was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Thursday.

    The move comes just two days after Hopkins was claimed off waivers, as the Tigers needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Gio Urshela. Hopkins, 27, has already been in three different organizations this offseason and could make it four as he goes through the waiver process again.

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  • Tigers' Gio Urshela: Signs with Detroit

    Urshela signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Tigers on Thursday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Urshela slashed .299/.329/.374 with 24 RBI in 228 plate appearances with the Angels last year before a fractured pelvis put an early end to his season in June. Now fully recovered from his injury, the 32-year-old infielder will join his fourth team in as many years. Though he primarily serves as a third baseman, Urshela has experience at all four infield positions, and he gives Detroit a bat capable of finding success versus left-handed pitchers (.790 OPS since 2021).

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  • Tigers' Jace Jung: Won't make Opening Day roster

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told Jung on Thursday the infielder will not be part of the Opening Day roster, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    It never really seemed like a consideration, but Hinch apparently wanted to nip the possibility in the bud at the start of camp. Jung slashed .265/.376/.502 with 28 home runs between High-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie in 2023. He's played only second base in the minors so far, but Jung was used at third base in the Arizona Fall League and that appears to be his long-term home with Colt Keith settling in at the keystone. Detroit has a big hole at the hot corner, so it's possible Jung could push to debut in 2024 if he gets off to a nice start.

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  • Tigers' Kolton Ingram: DFA'd by Detroit

    Ingram was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday.

    The move corresponds with Detroit claiming TJ Hopkins off waivers. Ingram himself was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Feb. 5 after being DFA'd by the Angels the week prior. The left-hander spent most of his time last season between Double-A and Triple-A, though he did pitch 5.1 innings across five games with the Angels and accrued an 8.44 ERA and a 7:5 K:BB.

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  • Tigers' TJ Hopkins: Scooped up by Detroit

    The Tigers claimed Hopkins off waivers from the Giants on Tuesday.

    Hopkins has now bounced around from the Reds to the Giants and now to the Tigers this offseason. He struggled during his cup of coffee in Cincinnati, but the 27-year-old slashed .296/.392/.496 at Triple-A Louisville over 119 games across the 2022 and 2023 minor-league seasons. Hopkins will compete for a reserve outfielder job but is likely headed to Triple-A Toledo to begin the season.

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  • Tigers' Riley Greene: Faces live pitching

    Greene (elbow) took live batting practice Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    It's the first time he's faced live pitching since he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right (non-throwing) elbow in September. Greene noted that he "didn't even think about my arm" during the session, adding that he's felt "normal" for a while now. While the Tigers are likely to ease Greene into Grapefruit League action, he's fully expected to be ready to roll come Opening Day.

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  • Tigers' Tarik Skubal: Hits 100 mph in live BP

    Skubal touched 100 mph on his last pitch of live batting practice Tuesday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Skubal averaged 95.8 mph with his four-seamer last season in his first year back from elbow surgery after averaging 94.1 mph with his four-seamer in 2022 before the operation. While reading too much into the velocity of one pitch in live BP isn't advisable, it certainly seems like an encouraging sign for the lefty's ability to hold or perhaps even improve upon his velocity gains in 2024.

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  • Tigers' Brendan White: Dealing with sore elbow

    The Tigers announced Monday that White is dealing with posterior right elbow discomfort and will complete a short period of rest before restarting his throwing program, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Though the Tigers seem optimistic that White's elbow soreness will be remedied by a few days of rest, the missed time during camp certainly isn't ideal for a reliever who is far from a lock to win a spot on Detroit's Opening Day roster. As a rookie in 2023, White made 33 appearances (two starts) for the big club, pitching to a 5.09 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 44:15 K:BB in 40.2 innings.

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