JUPITER, Fla. — Got a chance to speak with Tigers shortstop Adam Everett on Monday. It’s been a rough last couple of years for the 32-year-old right-handed hitter, who was limited to just 114 total games with the Astros and Twins because of injuries to his right fibula, in 2007, and right shoulder, in ’08.
But he says he’s finally healthy.
“I feel good, I’m ready to go,” said Everett, who is back in Lakeland, Fla., Tuesday and won’t be present for the Tigers-Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium. “I got those two years behind me, thank God, and now I’m ready to move forward. Everything’s been good. Actually, it’s been better than expected — nothing lingering — so it’s exciting.”
During a 1-0 loss on Monday, Everett had the only multi-hit game for the struggling Tigers offense when he went 2-for-3. That’s a good sign for Everett, who came into the game 2-for-16. But the Georgia native is a career .246 hitter who will likely bat in the bottom of the lineup.
And he knows he was brought here particularly for one thing: defense.
“I know it’s an old cliche, but you put pressure on yourself, you don’t do too well,” Everett said. “I’ve been able to play great defense my whole career, and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Manager Jim Leyland certainly thinks so.
“He’s got tremendous range at shortstop,” the skipper said. “He’s still working on his hitting, but he’s going to be one of those guys that you bunt with, hit-and-run with.
“Now, is he going to knock in 75, 80 runs? No, that’s not going to happen. But we got him to shore up the middle [infield], and he’s definitely going to do that.”
— Alden Gonzalez