TigsTown MLN: The Tigers First Offender

Despite the snow that hit the midwest, there are still quite a few interesting tidbits to report on; including the organization's first positive steroid test. Who was it and what has happened to him? Plus, which pitchers are progressing in extended spring training, and when may they be expected back?

Notes: Fernando Rodney is hoping to make it back to Detroit, but before that happens, he'll likely have a stopover in Toledo. Rodney has been pitching in extended spring training and has impressed, which likely means a promotion could be coming soon (as early as next week, should his progress continue).
TT Stat: Chris Shelton just keeps hitting, as he leads the team in home runs and RBI, and leads the team in average among qualified hitters at .364. Those numbers have him in the top ten in all three categories, despite having Shelton yet to hit in the clean-up position all season long.

Notes: Both Kyle Sleeth and Humberto Sanchez are working their way back from minor injuries in spring training, but thus far, Sanchez is making more progress. Sanchez strained his lat, and has been working his way back. He will likely begin throwing bullpen sessions this week, and could be back in Erie in the next two weeks.
TT Stat: Rob Henkel has continued his hot start to the season, proving that he has the talent to get the job done. After earning the win in the first game of the doubleheader with six shutout innings, Henkel improved his record to 3-1 with a paltry ERA of just 1.25. His three wins ties him for second in the league in wins, and while his 1.88 strikeouts-to-walks ratio isn't spectacular, it will bring little concern as long as he continues to produce.

Notes: Surprising news out of Lakeland, as reliever Damien Myers was released at the end of spring training. That's not the big news though. Myers didn't have a great spring, but that didn't seal his fate. What did however was a positive steroid test under the new testing policy. The positive test, which came from the initial testing stage in spring training, is the first known positive from a member of the Tigers' organization, and the front office has taken quick action, making it clear that steroid use will not be tolerated. Former Tiger Alex Sanchez was the first big leaguer to test positive, and the test was administered while he was still with Detroit, but the results weren't released until after he had signed with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
TT Stat: As good as Henkel's ERA is though, Jordan Tata's is better. Tata is sporting a 1.02 ERA through three starts and also has a WHIP under one (0.98). Tata won't blow away a number of hitters (just eight strikeouts in more than 17 innings), but with just two runs allowed to score in so many innings, it's clear Tata can have success without the K's.

West Michigan
Notes: While the Tigers have taken advantage of a day off to help make-up the lost games because of the snow over the weekend, the ‘Caps didn't have the same luxury. And so, the Whitecaps will play doubleheaders on both Monday and Tuesday. The first doubleheader will take place Monday evening starting at 6:35pm, with the second doubleheader coming Tuesday afternoon starting at noon.
TT Stat: The team doesn't have too many new stats having been forced to sit out all weekend with the snowstorm that hit Michigan, but one pitcher that has topped even the last two aforementioned starters is Jair Jurrjens. The 19-year old from Holland has a barely noticeable ERA of 0.50 in his three starts. Jurrjens WHIP? The exact same, just 0.50. Jurrjens last start was very possibly his worst, where he gave his lone earned run of the year over six innings, the lone run being a home run from Christian Snavely in hitter-friendly Oldsmobile Park (home of the Lansing Lugnuts).

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