02/01/10 5:25 PM EST
Inbox: Sizemore to start at second?
Beat reporter Jason Beck answers fans' questions
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
-- Steve W., Auburn, Ind.
I think if you're going to start Sizemore at second, you pretty much have to give him some security there to keep him from looking over his shoulder. The Tigers have hinted at that, with manager Jim Leyland saying during TigerFest that you have to accept the ups and downs that go with a rookie starting position player. That doesn't mean you don't have insurance on the roster in case things go completely wrong, but it means that the decision to start Sizemore has to include a healthy dose of patience.
As for Guillen backing up at second, while I'm pretty sure Guillen would like that, I don't see the Tigers going for it. They want to commit Guillen to the outfield if they're going to use him there. I'd be surprised if they didn't carry two bench players with middle-infield capabilities, whether it's Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly, or Santiago and another signing, or at least Ryan Raburn as an option at second. That would allow Santiago into the shortstop mix a little more.
How do the Tigers plan to use Rick Porcello this year? Specifically, will he be on a strict pitch count this year as he was last year?
-- Mark B., Grand Rapids, Mich.
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What do Tigers players do after TigerFest? Do they go back to their native countries, head to Florida, or stick around in Detroit for a while?
-- Kyle D., Commerce, Mich.
The vast majority of them either head to Florida or head home. The one player who usually sticks around is Nate Robertson, and he lives here. Even so, this is usually around the time of year he packs up his stuff and makes the trip to Lakeland.