Tigers’ Hinch offers spring training primer: Infield, catcher spots still up for grabs


Detroit — Until he’s told otherwise, Tigers manager AJ Hinch is preparing to greet pitchers and catchers in Lakeland on Feb. 17 and the rest of the squad a week later.

Beyond that, though, everything is pretty fluid in terms of logistics and COVID-19 protocols.

“We don’t know what (spring training) is going to look like yet,” Hinch said Tuesday in a Zoom call. “Josh Paul (quality control coach) is going to run camp with George Lombard (bench coach). They are planning a couple of different scenarios — one is a normal camp where we just plow through, and another is we stagger it, maybe we run a major league camp and a mini-camp simultaneously.

“But I think all 30 of us (teams) are somewhat confused on what the actual spring is going to look like.”

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