January 15th, 2009
As expected, Tigers pitchers and catchers will have their first formal workout in Lakeland on Feb. 14, with the full squad working out on the 17th. For players in the World Baseball Classic, they have to report to their national team camps on March 2 — except for players from Asian countries involved in Pool A, who must report on Feb. 27. That means an earlier departure for recent signing Fu-Te Ni. So unless he pitches in the Tigers’ Spring Training opener Feb. 25 against the Braves, he probably won’t get into a game for Detroit until he returns from the WBC. Whether that puts him at any disadvantage for earning a spot remains to be seen. The Tigers will watch him in the tournament, so they’ll get some idea there how he’s throwing.