Tigers relieved Zimm's injury not more serious
Gardenhire praises trainer's response to 'very scary thing'
CLEVELAND -- A day after Jordan Zimmermann took a 105.6-mph line drive off his right jaw, the Tigers right-hander said he felt OK under the circumstances. While his jaw swelled up, he said he had no headaches, nothing to make him think he shouldn't be able to make his next start next Tuesday against the Orioles.
That's a huge relief for the Tigers and manager Ron Gardenhire, the latter of which is trying to sort out his pitching staff after using so many arms in relief Wednesday. It's also a credit, Gardenhire said, to the Tigers' medical staff, notably head athletic trainer Doug Teter.
Teter was the first to the mound after Zimmermann took the impact and fell to the ground.
"After initially talking to [Zimmermann], I thought he was pretty worried," Gardenhire said, "and I thought Teter did a really nice job of talking him through it and telling him, 'You're OK,' doing everything a good trainer would do to soothe his mind. I thought Teter did a super job of calming him down to the point where he understood that there's not blood all over the place, everything looks fine. Kudos to him, because it was a very scary thing, I think we all saw."
Teter is in his first year as the Tigers' head athletic trainer after several seasons working as an assistant alongside Kevin Rand, who took on a newly created role as senior director of medical services. Teter said there was no checklist to run down when it happened, it was all about reaction and instinct.
"You're looking for airway," Teter said. "You're looking for blood. You're making sure he's got a pulse; the basic stuff. He was out there talking to me. You knew he was breathing. You knew his heart was working. You knew everything was systemically fine."
Bosio to rest for two weeks
While the Tigers' Opening Day pitcher won't miss time after a scare, their pitching coach remains out. Chris Bosio will be on rest for the next couple weeks as he deals with an undisclosed medical situation.
Bosio, who was examined by doctors after the first game of the series, returned home to Detroit on Wednesday night, according to Gardenhire.
"As far as health goes, he's fine," Gardenhire said. "He's been through a little bit of a health issue. Everything's on the mend. Doctors have told him to take a couple of weeks off. That's what they want him to do. He's irritated, wants to be with this baseball team, but he's going to do what's right."
Bosio will do his part from home, Gardenhire said, compiling prep work and scouting reports with help from the analytics department. Bullpen coach Rick Anderson will continue filling the role in the dugout during games. The Tigers have yet to announce who will serve as pitching coach for the next couple weeks. Minor League pitching coordinator A.J. Sager has filled the role the last few games but could return to his regular job, depending on how discussions follow with general manager Al Avila and player development director Dave Littlefield.
• Daniel Norris said his fastball had some cutter movement during his long-relief outing Wednesday, which explains why those pitches registered as sliders on Statcast™. While Norris' fastball velocity remains down from previous seasons, Norris said he believes that might be related to mechanical work he has been doing. He said his arm feels fine, so he expects the velocity to creep back up in time.
• JaCoby Jones and Rule 5 pick Victor Reyes will share playing time in left field with Michael Mahtook optioned to Triple-A Toledo, Gardenhire reiterated. The Tigers might go with an extra reliever through the upcoming homestand, with a doubleheader looming next Friday against the Royals.