Early notes: Scherzer set for Sunday, Berry returns
Max Scherzer is throwing a long session of live batting practice this morning, and has been cranking up his pitches to what looks like game speed. If he feels fine after this, he’ll be scheduled to pitch Sunday’s game against the Braves at Disney.
According to Scherzer, it’s around the same time he made his first start last spring. The counterpoint, of course, is that Spring Training began earlier this year, and so does the regular season. Scherzer made his first regular-season start of 2012 on April 8. By that point this season, the Tigers will have already played six games.
Scherzer says he feels fine, and Jim Leyland has said they’re stretching him out slowly after his innings total last year and his shoulder soreness last fall.
More notes from this morning …
- Quintin Berry was originally in the starting lineup today, but he has been scratched with more discomfort in his left knee. He said he’s going to get checked out by a doctor later today to get a better idea whether it’s patellar tendinitis or something else.
As mentioned earlier, Quintin Berry is back in the Tigers lineup today against the Braves. He said he’s fine after he had a flare-up of patellar tendinitis in his knee.
- Andy Dirks is going through full batting practice and workouts today. Manager Jim Leyland didn’t give a timetable for his return. Dirks said they’re going to play it by ear. If he gets through it OK, he’ll presumably make one of the next two road trips. As of this morning, he was not on the travel roster to Port Charlotte for Thursday’s game against the Rays.
- Good talk with Jhonny Peralta this morning about his work with Rafael Belliard, who’s trying to get him to stay back on ground balls up the middle instead of taking a first step in. It’s a tricky adjustment for him, because his first instinct his whole career has been to take a step in as the pitch is coming in.
- Florida governor Rick Scott is here talking about the Tigers’ plans for renovations and additions to Joker Marchant Stadium. He visited the clubhouse and introduced himself to players who live in Florida.