• Outfielder Brennan Boesch, who tweaked his right oblique during batting practice on Saturday, sat out of workouts for the third straight day Tuesday. Leyland said the Tigers' trainers feel "pretty good" about how Boesch is progressing, but it's unlikely he'll be ready to play in any games this weekend.
Detroit opens Grapefruit League play Friday against the Braves in Kissimmee, Fla., before returning to Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
"I don't want to sound cold about it, but right now, he's not available," Leyland said. "I'm not going to get all crazy about playing time and get into it. I can't do anything about it."
• Among the onlookers on the back fields of Tiger Town on Tuesday afternoon was former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp, recently elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Sapp stood alongside Leyland and chatted up anyone within earshot from behind the cage as a group of Tigers took batting practice, and Fielder gave Sapp a bat after the workout. Fielder bought a house in Windermere, Fla., before the 2010 season, and Sapp owned a home there that was reportedly auctioned off in 2012 as part of his bankruptcy case.