Dombrowski: We anticipate Verlander being ready

No sooner did the headline of Justin Verlander possibly not being ready for the start of the season emerge than Verlander got in touch with Dave Dombrowski on Friday to let him know how he’s progressing in his rehab from core muscle surgery. He has been cleared to start his throwing program, and will begin by playing catch on Monday in Lakeland.

Even before that news, Dombrowski sought to reign in the headlines. If Verlander’s rehabilitation goes as planned, Dombrowski said, Verlander’s status for the start of the season won’t be a question. Dombrowski isn’t willing to guarantee it yet because he doesn’t want to prompt Verlander to push himself to the risk of re-injury. Nor is manager Brad Ausmus.

“All the reports from [head athletic trainer] Kevin Rand are he’s doing great,” Ausmus said Saturday at TigerFest. “I’ve talked and texted with Justin, and he’s telling me he’s going to be ready. But you have to be smart about it.

“At this point, I’m not concerned. The reports have been so good, maybe I’m naïve, but I’m not concerned.”

That caution, Dombrowski said Saturday, was the point of his remarks earlier in the week.

“If it’s a natural healing process, I anticipate him being ready,” Dombrowski said.

The natural healing process means no setbacks. If it happens, it also means no worries.

“I do not anticipate him not being ready,” Dombrowski said, “but I also don’t want him to rush. I want him to make the normal progression.”

Though Verlander has been healthy for virtually his entire eight-year Major League career, never missing a start for injury, nobody knows Verlander, and how hard he pushes himself in workouts, than the Tigers and their staff. For that reason, Dombrowski and manager Brad Ausmus are trying to avoid giving Verlander a reason to risk a chunk of the season trying to be ready for season’s start.

“Primarily, I’m going to listen to Kevin Rand. That’s his area,” Ausmus said. “But from a practical standpoint, I think what you said is dead-on: We’d rather he start a little slow and be sure he feels well. And if he does, he can crank it up the farther away he gets from the surgery date.

“For the most part, I’m going to rely on Kevin and Justin. And we need Justin in be honest. Justin takes a lot of pride in not missing a start, but he has to be honest about how he feels, because we don’t want to push him past that breaking point where all of a sudden we’ve lost him until May.”

For that reason, they’ll have a fallback plan. They’ll have an extra starter stretching out in Spring Training regardless, given the number of pitchers from Triple-A Toledo in camp. With three off-days in the season’s first two weeks, they can map out their rotation to require a fill-in starter only once.

“There’ll be a point in Spring Training where we’re going to have to be sure, or have the insurance policy that if Justin can’t make a start, we have somebody else to do it,” Ausmus said. “There’ll be that kind of tipping point.”

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#33??? And I thought I was a Tiger fan from way back!. I am embarrassed to say this is the 1st time (I think) that I have ever heard of this man.

http://www.blessyouboys.com/2014/1/25/5344542/top-tigers-countdown-33-hooks-dauss

How many years did he play with Cobb?

“He struggled a bit after that, likely due to Ty Cobb taking over as manager. ” so the end of the dead ball era and the advantages for pitchers with it had nothing to do with that.
They need to read the biography by Alexander where he set the record straight after the libel wrote by Stump. He mentions that ,Dauss was the only dependable pitchers since the other two liked night life and that caused the problems with Cobb who had a different vision of baseball . Not to mention that Detroit defense was among the worse in MLB with the fewest DP in MLB( sound familiar eh?)

Ray, top 10 prospect. But Porcello not valuable for the Nats:

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140125&content_id=67123874&notebook_id=67123880&vkey=notebook_det&c_id=det

It was Fister for Porcello

Brad gets around:
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There he was at the UM vs MSU basketball game Saturday evening in East Lansing.

smart man not to be wearing either schools’ colors

Kyle Lobstein did a great job working with the kids at Tigerfest. Likewise, Vizquel gave the kids a lot of info, in plain, easy to understand terms.
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One of the great kid questions was to Iglesias: ‘How do you hit a homerun?’

I’m very curious about Lobstein. Both Lobstein and Ray averaged more than 1K/inning last year, both LHP. Along with Crawford, they are our young SP depth. We gave up a pretty good Catcher prospect for Lobstein last year.

“Prince Fielder will hit third ahead of Adrian Beltre in next year’s Rangers lineup — a concept that caused Beltre to boldly proclaim that Fielder will win the American League MVP award.” -mlbtraderumors

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-rangers/headlines/20140124-fielder-excited-about-hitting-no.-3-beltre-predicts-mvp-season-for-new-teammate.ece

Then , they better have a hot Trout vs Fielder debate.

“La Segunda Venida”; and he hasn’t even thrown a pitch in the Show.

who’s that?

Tanaka, 24-0 but 160 pitches in one game

I’m sorry but I don’t believe in the japanese game translating as well as others do. How much did the BOSOX pay to TALK to Dice K? 50MM? And he just signed a minor league deal where? 160 pitches in one game sounds like damaged goods.

Under the new system , the japanese team will receive 7 each year for 3 years. The rest goes for Tanaka

I think that we all agree about him being overpaid being unknown. But what is bad for the Yankees…

don’t get me wrong I love the moves the Yankee’s made this offseason. my question is: what happens with Ichiro? He’s not really the offensive threat he used to be….and that OF is overfilled with overpaid players who hit better than he. But they owe him 6.5MM.

DD can’t be serious can he?(re Tiger starting pitching depth).
“Drew VerHagen, 23, was a fourth-round pick of the Tigers in 2012. He split last season between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.

He went 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings in 12 games for Lakeland. He was 2-5 with a 3.00 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 60 innings for Erie.”

Yes,he was Golden Glove candidate based on that numbers

Can’t wait to see NC prove the experts wrong on his fielding abilities. There was a reason he was a shortstop.

of course, there are also reasons why the scouts think he’ll be a poor to average defender.

Reds have reached agreement on a minor league deal with infielder Ramon Santiago – MLBtraderumors

Time will tell. He will be an improvement over Miggy (Miggy did better than expected actually) and Miggy will be an improvement over Fielder.

he may not be an improvement over miggy IMO.

and i don’t mean to be argumentative, but i must have read 2-3 different scouting reports on Cast. The feet work was something i seemed to recall being an issue – he’s tall too so I can only imagine his agility is low. Being a SS in HS (college?) is curious I’ll admit. But Miggy is particularly quick for a big man, has great glove and foot work. I “felt” when healthy he was above average to average. Plus, I truly felt he enjoyed the game more, which may have led to better numbers at the plate. We all know his numbers at the plate when he is a DH are less than Miguel-esq.

Cabrera was signed as SS. Most position players were SS while in college or HS

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