On a day when the Tigers jerseys’ Opening Day roster became clearer with a number of cuts, a pregame media session with manager Brad Ausmus clouded the rotation to open the season.
Since Saturday, Ausmus hasn’t announced the starters for the second and third games of the season against the Chicago White Sox jerseys, widely believed to be right hander cheap Jordan Zimmermann jersey and left hander cheap Daniel Norris jersey.
For the past two days, Ausmus has indicated those two starters were decided upon, and that he was holding off on an announcement to tell the pitchers first.
“It could stay completely the same,” Ausmus said Wednesday. “It could change.”
Also subject to change is cheap Anibal Sanchez jersey’s role to open the season. On Tuesday, Sanchez was told he would start in the bullpen. A day later, Ausmus said there is a possibility Sanchez could be in the rotation. Ausmus did not say why that possibility has arisen. It could be related to a health concern for Zimmermann or Norris, who had a “dead arm” during his Monday start against the Braves jerseys, though Ausmus, who was tight lipped on the injury front, seemed to indicate both were healthy.
Asked whether Zimmermann was healthy, Ausmus seemed to indicate so.
“It’s not that,” he said.
Asked whether Norris had thrown Tuesday, Ausmus said he played catch. Asked after the Tigers jerseys’ 8 2 loss to the Phillies jerseys whether Norris had thrown his bullpen session as scheduled, Ausmus said he thought so.
“He had no complaints of anything,” Ausmus said. “He said he felt a little better yesterday than he did the day before.”
Ausmus said: “Yeah, we got three games left, there’s a chance,” when asked of the possibility a starting pitcher starts the season on the 10 day disabled list. “We don’t know of anyone that’s going on the DL right now.”
Ausmus did say cheap Matt Boyd jersey made the rotation, though he did not specify which spot he would take.
“We’ve got a couple of things going on right authentic jerseys wholesale now, so I’m going to wait to give you that,” Ausmus said. “It might be different than I already thought. (Justin) Verlander is starting Opening Day. (Michael) Fulmer and Verlander are the two you know. You’re going to have to wait a couple days for the rest.”
Fulmer, who tweaked his ankle Tuesday against the Yankees jerseys, insisted he was fine later in the day. He is scheduled to start the home opener against the Red Sox jerseys on April 7.
With no definitive answers from Ausmus, a couple things could be speculated: First, that there is a health concern to either Zimmermann or more likely, Norris which the team will monitor for the next couple of days.
Perhaps Norris did not respond to playing catch the way the Tigers jerseys had hoped and the team would prefer to wait for 100% confidence in his ability to start the season before making an announcement. In the event Norris can’t make his first scheduled start, Boyd could fill his spot in the rotation. Then Sanchez would be in the rotation.
Ausmus said Sanchez did not know about potentially being needed in a starting role. The manager also said veteran right hander cheap Mike Pelfrey jersey was not considered a contender for a rotation spot.
With Boyd in the rotation and Sanchez in the bullpen, the team wouldn’t have room for Pelfrey on the 25 man roster. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Tigers jerseys recently contacted at least one team about Pelfrey and indicated they would pick up the entire $8 million remaining on his contract.
The implication is obvious: Assuming full health to the five man rotation, they are planning to release Pelfrey and are searching the market to see whether they can get anything in return.