Coffee and Clippings: Detroit Tigers’ Michael Fulmer impressive in first spring outing

Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) of the Detroit Free Press highlights Michael Fulmer’s first game of the Spring for the Tigers…

Michael Fulmer tried to treat it like a normal day, but today was anything but normal for the Detroit Tigers’ rookie right-hander, who was set to make his spring training debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates hours later.

“I was real amped up,” Fulmer said.

And with a runner on second base and one out in his second inning of work, it showed. He could feel it. Catcher James McCann could see it. So, too, could manager Brad Ausmus.

“He was starting to go a little too fast,” Ausmus said. “Trying to be quick and the end result was he was almost too quick. And his arm had trouble catching up.”

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) of the LA Times on Brett Anderson and the state of his physical health…

During his first day of rehabilitation, as he sweated through the slate of isometric holds, dead-bug exercises and planks designed to save his career, Brett Anderson noticed an unfamiliar sensation in his stomach.

“At the beginning,” Anderson said, “I felt like somebody had a blowtorch to my abs.”

The pain did not cease at the start of workouts after he underwent surgery for a herniated disk in 2014. Anderson paid little attention to his core muscles as he sped through the minor leagues. After his back gave out while he was pitching for the Colorado Rockies, doctors pinpointed his weakened abdominals and inflexible hips as impediments.

Benjamin Hochman (@hochman) of the St. Louis-Dispatch on the fast rise of Cardinal pitching prospect Alex Reyes…

JUPITER, Fla. – This summer, he’ll fire his first major-league pitch, inevitably a fastball that’ll surely singe the commissioner’s signature.

But for now, he’s over here, on a back field at the Cardinals’ complex, fielding a bunted baseball that reads: “OFFICIAL BALL – FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE,” with the stamped signature of one Chuck Murphy, the league’s president.

Alex Reyes is far from the big league camp but not, I think, that far from the big leagues. He’s participating in the Cardinals’ “Spring Training Early Program” (STEP) camp, but I sense, be it from conversations, stat analysis or my own inclination, that the righthanded pitcher will crack the club’s big-league roster this summer.


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