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Zach Miner hasn’t been putting up solid numbers in his starts, and as Spring Training heads into its final few weeks, he very much appears to be on the outside of the fifth starter competition. For someone who believes he can be a starter on this staff and would very much prefer that over relief, it’s building some frustration from him. Monday’s outing, which he gave up a four-run opening inning, percolated it some more.
“Oh yeah, I’m clearly frustrated,” Miner said. “I’ve been working hard. I got here two weeks early to Spring Training to start working. It’s just the last few outings, things haven’t been going my way. That’s frustrating, because you’re putting the work in and you feel good physically. Whether it’s the delivery out of sync or you just don’t make the pitches when you need to or balls fall in, it gets frustrating.
“You can handle it once or twice if you don’t get the results that you want, but after a few of them, it’s kind of like, ‘All right. Uncle.’”
In Miner’s case, it’s three out of his last four outings in which the numbers haven’t been strong. And this was the first one of the bunch in which he struggled with walks, three in as many innings. In terms of his pitches, though, he says he feels strong.
“”If I wasn’t fighting for a job, despite the numbers, I would feel great about myself getting ready for the season,” Miner said. “I’m throwing strikes. I’m feeling good physically. My pitches are coming around. It’s one of those things where if your spot’s guaranteed, nobody seems to worry about Spring Training if you don’t get the results or your numbers don’t look good.”
JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers failed to get anything going offensively again, mustering just six hits in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday. Yes, the potential Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 hitters in the order are playing in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jim Leyland said he wishes some of the young guys that are here now would take more advantage of the opportunity.
that happen,” said Leyland, whose team struck out eight times Tuesday, after posting 11 Ks on Monday.
“I felt like I was throwing the ball well,” Miner said. “I just didn’t get
it down when I needed to to get results. The old saying is you can’t control
results. But I wish you could.”
* Miner said he didn’t feel pressured by the 20-year-old Porcello having a good outing on Monday: “You just want to do well no matter what. Whether everybody is doing great, or they’re doing terrible.”
* Ryan Perry pitched another scoreless inning on Tuesday. That makes 4 2/3 straight for the 22-year-old right-hander.
– Alden Gonzalez
JUPITER, Fla. — Here are some quick pregame notes that came out before the Tigers-Cardinals game at Roger Dean Stadium:
and that’s about it. But other than that, I don’t know anything about that. … We’re going to take it slow [with Treanor].”
JUPITER, Fla. — It sure feels like baseball weather here at Roger Dean Stadium, as the Cardinals and Tigers are about three hours away from getting going. I’ll be with you guys for one more day, then Jason Beck will jump back in when the Tigers play in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday.
The Tigers made the Zach Miner roster move after the game. Jeff Larish was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room for Miner.
I’m not on the series at Kansas City, so probably no game blogs. I’ll try to chime in with an update or two over the next few days before I’m back on for the White Sox series next weekend.
Bonine will be sent to Toledo to start there on Monday. As recently as this afternoon, Miner was scheduled to start for the Hens on Monday until the Tigers made the change. Leyland didn’t want to go into details.
In other news, Carlos Guillen is not available tonight. He’s back in Detroit, where his wife underwent surgery to take care of complications she was suffering after giving birth to their daughter a week and a half ago. Supposedly the surgery went well, thank goodness.
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