Lakeland, Fla. – Here's a few news bits from Day 2 at TigerTown:
Shortstop Jose Iglesias, right-fielder J.D. Martinez and second baseman Ian Kinsler made their first appearances, though position players don't have to report until next week.
Iglesias made sure he wasn't overlooked, sporting a pair of neon orange cleats.
"I just wanted to make sure everybody knows I am here," he said. "I've been gone too long."
Iglesias missed all of last season with stress fractures in both legs, and although the Tigers will proceed with great caution, he pronounced himself 100 percent pain-free.
"I am really excited to see my teammates," he said. "And to be on the field without pain is an amazing feeling. I'm blessed."
Asked about how he would monitor his workload, Iglesias said, "Obviously you've got to be smart about it. I came from an injury. But there are no limitations on the field, just work smart."
He said he still wasn't running 100 percent, saying he was up to 80-85 percent and wouldn't push it until closer to opening day.
"I have to get over it," he said. "It's tough but I've got to get over it. I've got to be out there. I am going to deal with soreness, that's normal. But I am healthy."
Martinez came from Miami where he had been working out with first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Martinez, in fact, offered the first eye-witness update on Cabrera's on-going rehab from ankle surgery.
"I am really confident he's going to be ready," Martinez said. "I've been hanging out with Miggy and before I came up here I watched him and seen him take a couple of swings and move around. He seemed very positive and very excited about it.
"I got excited just watching him. I was like, 'Bro, you're going to be ready.' He seemed that confident."
Manager Brad Ausmus watched Justin Verlander's first official bullpen session of the spring Saturday and came away impressed.
"He looked outstanding," Ausmus said. "Not only myself but other coaches noticed, too -- he had better arm speed. The one the thing that stood out to me was the action on his curveball. It was much tighter and it wasn't popping out of his hand as much. It was being more direct toward the catcher and then going down, and that's what fools the hitter."
Verlander's scowl was in regular season form, too. He and catcher Alex Avila had a funny exchange over how many pitches Verlander had thrown. Verlander, as usual, wanted more.
Verlander: "How many (had he thrown)?"
Verlander: "You just said 36."
Avila: "I said 46."
He wound up throwing close to 60.
■The news wasn't as positive for veteran right-hander Joel Hanrahan. He cut his session short.
"He said he didn't feel 100 percent today," Ausmus said. "He didn't feel his best. He'll come back in a couple of days and see how he is."
This isn't necessarily a setback. Ausmus has said from the beginning that Hanrahan, two years removed from three different elbow procedures including Tommy John, would work at a slower pace than the others.
■Although every pitcher in camp made it through their first bullpen sessions without injury, the Tigers did lose a catcher. Rookie Grayson Greiner split the tip of the ring finger on his right hand on Friday and will be out a few days.