Mar. 7, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Octavio Dotel (20) pitches in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Here are some notes out of the AL Central:
- The associated press is reporting false identity charges against Indians pitcher Roberto Hernandez Heredia, most famously known as Fausto Carmona, have been dropped by Dominican Republic prosecutors. Hernandez Heredia must compete a work program in the DR. The Indians owe him $7M this year, although immigration issues may keep him out of the country for a while.
- According to Ben Goessling of Pioneer Press, Minnesoda Twins CF Denard Span will play again "soon." Span has been out since feeling his neck lock up in the second inning of the Twins' game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. "My range of motion is a lot better," Span said. "Hopefully, it's soon."
- Jayson Stark checks in with new Tigers reliever Octavio Dotel, the first man to play for 13 different major league teams. Dotel doesn't see his constant movement as teams rejecting it, but as new clubs welcoming him in. "I've been all over the place, but it's not for bad," said Dotel. "It's for good, because every time I'm traded or I sign as a free agent, someone wants me. It means I'm important -- for some reason."
- After breakout seasons for Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur last year, Jeff Zimmerman of Royals Review takes a look at the most likely breakout candidates from this years' Royals squad. With all that young talented hitting, it's fun for Royals fans to dream a little.