Nick Castellanos hit the Tigers first home run of spring camp, a solo shot to left. Castellanos, who turns 22 today was a topic of conversation in manager Brad Ausmus' pre game media session. Castellanos has shown that his strength is to stay up the middle and the other way, but yesterday's homer showed plenty of pop to the pull field.
"On the home run, he just reacted," Ausmus said. "We want to make sure he stays with his strengths and continues to go the other way."
Phil Coke struggled out of the pen, allowing 3 runs on six hits in his inning of work, but Ausmus cautioned that he is more apt to lend credence to past performance than early spring outings.
Jose Iglesias continues to be hobbled by shin splints. Some of it may have to do with the way Iglesias runs.
"You can't really start messing with the way a guy runs," Ausmus said. "We may try some orthotics to help minimize the stress."
The Tigers are trying to eliminate the pain at this point while making sure the injury does not reoccur.
Justin Verlander remains on course to make his first spring start on Thursday against the Phillies in Lakeland. If he progresses as expected he would make five spring starts and would likely be ready for opening day if Ausmus chooses to start him in the opener.
Rick Porcello will start today for the TIgers. Also scheduled to pitch are Ian Krol, Joe Nathan, Bruce Rondon, and Joba Chamberlain. It will be Porcello's second spring start after allowing one run in two innings and striking out thee in his first start last Thursday vs. Atlanta.