The trend across the game in recent years as gone in the direction of using off days on the schedule to create extra rest for rotation regulars rather than skip fifth starters. So the baseline to use a sort of “taxi squad” of starters beyond the first five to drop into heavy parts of the schedule to add more of those scenarios already exists.
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Some managers, including the Padres’ Jayce Tingler, have expressed concern for the safety of pitchers who are out of practice at hitting.
It's not the first time during this Cactus League schedule Lynn showed that he's all in, even for spring games. In his first outing last week, he backed up his offseason claim that he doesn't like coming out of games by saying he would have preferred three innings to the two he got.
"I definitely am a better hitter than that point now. Have the results showed? No. But I am."
"Those are the games that were always on: Boston Red Sox games," Cordero told reporters in a video call from spring training Saturday. "I grew up a big David Ortiz fan. Manny Ramirez, Pedro Martinez, even J.D. Drew -- those are guys I really liked watching when I was a kid. It was always fun to be able to see all the championships that were won in my youth."
What you need to know: Right now, the Tigers are allowed to have more fans -- 2,000 -- at their spring training site in Florida than will be allowed (1,000) in Detroit. State guidelines are preventing them from having more, but in an ever-changing landscape, the numbers could increase before Opening Day. With so few fans inside Comerica Park, socially distanced seating in pods should not be hard to maintain.
So staring at a normal season, his first in a while, is what has Keuchel excited. He's feeling good, the nagging discomfort in his back that bothered him throughout the 2020 season behind him for now. He's loving the way his pitches are working, even though he's yet to debut them in a Cactus League game. And he's playing for a team with legitimate World Series aspirations, already thinking about how he can deliver when things matter most.