March 1st, 2014

Game 5: Tigers vs. Astros

It’s an open date in the Tigers rotation while Justin Verlander works his way into the Spring Training mix. However, it’s a work day for many Tigers regulars in the lineup. Ian Kinsler, Torii Hunter and Jose Iglesias are really the only ones off.

TIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, LF
  2. Steve Lombardozzi, SS
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Alex Avila, C
  6. Austin Jackson, CF
  7. Don Kelly, RF
  8. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  9. Hernan Perez, 2B

P: Kyle Lobstein, Drew VerHagen, Justin Miller, Ian Krol, Al Alburquerque, Bruce Rondon, Blaine Hardy

ASTROS

  1. Jonathan Villar, SS
  2. L.J. Hoes, RF
  3. Jason Castro, C
  4. Chris Carter, DH
  5. Jesus Guzman, 1B
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF
  7. George Springer, CF
  8. Jonathan Meyer, 3B
  9. Cesar Izturis, 2B

P: Scott Feldman, Brad Peacock, Collin McGugh, Mike Foltynewicz, David Martinez

Casey Crosby working way back from inflammation

The Tigers pitching roster reveals one prominent reliever who has not yet pitched in a game. Casey Crosby’s conversion from starting prospect to lefty reliever is behind schedule while he works his way back from elbow discomfort.

Crosby said he felt the issue after his second bullpen session, then noticed it flare up while throwing to hitters last week. He was shut down while they underwent tests and put him on a medication program. An MRI exam revealed inflammation in his triceps, he said, but no structural damage anywhere.

Crosby is throwing long toss from 120 feet at this point. He’s scheduled to get back on the mound for a bullpen session Sunday and then face hitters again before he can begin game action.

It’s the latest setback for a still hard-throwing lefty who was among their top prospects not too long ago. To him, though, it’s too minor to get frustrated.

“It’s way too early to get frustrated,” Crosby said.

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