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Tigers pitching coach Rick Anderson says Michael Fulmer (elbow) isn't close to throwing to live hitters. (Source: Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: When asked if Fulmer was close to throwing to live hitters, Anderson's exact words were "no chance". However, that is partially due to the interference of the coronavirus pandemic as Fulmer currently has nobody to throw to. The 27-year-old is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery and is reportedly pain free. Expect him to start throwing bullpens whenever Spring Training 2.0 gets underway.

Category: Injury Updates


Jordan Zimmerman told the Detroit News he has no plans to retire after 2020. (Source: Detroit News)

Fantasy Impact: The 33-year-old is a free agent after the season but says he still feels good physically. Zimmerman struggled mightily last year, posting a 6.91 ERA over 112 innings pitched while going 1-13. He signed a five-year, $110 million deal with the Tigers entering the 2016 season.


Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Joe Jimenez will be the team’s closer this season. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was assumed after Jiménez finished the 2019 season in this role. However, it’s assuring to hear it straight from the manager’s mouth. Jiménez is obviously worth drafting everywhere as saved are scarce. However, just keep in mind the Tigers likely won’t win many games this year.


Detroit Tigers infielder Jordy Mercer went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 7-5 win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Mercer now has his first spring homer. The veteran infielder is hitting .278 as he works towards securing a utility role with the club.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris struggled in a spring start against the Twins on Saturday. Norris allowed five runs (four earned) over 3 1/3 innings of work in a 7-6 loss to the Twins.

Fantasy Impact: Norris has not been sharp this spring, posting a 13.50 ERA. He is expected to open the year in the team's starting rotation, although he could be in danger of losing that role if his struggles continue.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers right-hander Ivan Nova threw a scoreless inning in a 7-6 loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Nova allowed one hit and struck out one. The veteran right-hander has a 9.00 ERA for his new team this spring.

Category: Game Recaps


Jorge Bonifacio goes deep

Sun, Mar 8th 11:21am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Detroit Tigers outfielder Jorge Bonifacio went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer in a 7-6 loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Bonifacio is having a solid spring, hitting .313 with a homer and four RBI. He will try to claim a full-time role in Detroit after spending the past three seasons in Kansas City.

Category: Game Recaps


Harold Castro goes yard

Sun, Mar 8th 11:18am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Detroit Tigers second baseman Harold Castro went 1-for-2 with two runs and a solo homer in a 7-6 loss to the Twins on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Castro is hitting .250 with his Saturday homer his first of the spring. He is not very interesting from a fantasy perspective.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize threw two scoreless innings in a 15-11 win over the Yankees on Thursday. Mize walked one and struck out two.

Fantasy Impact: Mize is considered one of Detroit's top pitching prospects. He is unlikely to open the season in the big leagues but he should get a chance to contribute at some point this season. Mize has a 4.50 ERA this spring.

Category: Game Recaps


Brandon Dixon goes deep

Thu, Mar 5th 9:08pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Detroit Tigers first baseman Brandon Dixon went 1-for-2 with a solo homer in a 15-11 spring training win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Dixon connected in the third inning for his first spring homer. The veteran first baseman could provide some pop in deeper fantasy leagues this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers outfielder Travis Demeritte went 2-for-3 with two homers and four RBI in a 15-11 spring training win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Demeritte continues to rake at the plate this spring, posting a .308 average with four homers and nine RBI. He could be working his way into an everyday role with Detroit when camp breaks.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with two homers in a 15-11 spring training win over the Yankees on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Cabrera only hit 12 homers during the 2019 season. He now has three this spring. He looked to be on his last legs this past season but the future Hall of Famer is worth monitoring in fantasy leagues in case he gets off to a fast start this year.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers shortstop Niko Goodrum went 2-for-3 with a homer in a 13-9 Grapefruit League win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Goodrum is now hitting a cool .429 during the spring. The veteran has been dealing with a groin injury during the spring but he appears to be over that issue now. He has some fantasy upside as a power/speed threat this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers first baseman C.J. Cron went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in a 13-9 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Cron now has two homers this spring. The veteran slugger is hitting .313 as he makes a case to open the regular season as Detroit's primary first baseman. Cron was on his way to a career year last season with the Twins before a thumb injury derailed his season.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers right-hander Dario Agrazal allowed two runs in two innings of work in a 5-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Agrazal came over to Detroit from Pittsburgh in a December trade. He is likely to open the season in Triple-A with a chance to get a turn in Detroit's rotation at some point during the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Kody Clemens goes yard

Tue, Mar 3rd 9:17pm EST
By Matthew Terelle

Detroit Tigers second baseman Kody Clemens went 1-for-2 with a home run in a 5-1 loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Clemens has five hits in 12 at-bats this spring. The Tigers are high on Roger's son as a part of their future plans but he is likely to open the season in the minors.

Category: Game Recaps


Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull pitched three scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League start on Sunday. He notched three strikeouts in the start.

Fantasy Impact: Turnbull showed some flashes in 2019 but he also dealt with injury and a rough supporting cast around him. He has some appeal as a streaming option in deeper leagues this year.

Category: Game Recaps


The Angels are reportedly interested in trading for Tigers SP Matthew Boyd. However, there is no indication of progress toward a deal at this time. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's hard to envision the Tigers trading Boyd unless they receive a haul given he should remain under affordable team control through his free agent season in 2023. Still, despite his breakout in 2019 he is 28, so if the Tigers want to cash in and expedite their rebuild they could look to deal Boyd to a contender. Boyd benefits from playing in the relatively harmless AL Central, but a move to a contending team would help his case for wins.

Category: Rumors


Detroit Tigers third baseman Ronny Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in a 5-3 loss to the White Sox in Sunday's season finale.

Fantasy Impact: Rodriguez finishes his 2019 campaign with a .221 average, 14 homers, 29 runs, 43 RBI, and three steals.

Category: Game Recaps


John Hicks homers in win

Sun, Sep 29th 7:43am EDT
By Matthew Terelle

Detroit Tigers catcher John Hicks hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in a 4-3 win over the White Sox in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader.

Fantasy Impact: Hicks hit the game-winning shot in the top of the ninth inning. The veteran catcher is batting .213 with 13 homers and 35 RBI this year.

Category: Game Recaps


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