By Michael Beller
March 10, 2014
After offseason ankle surgery, Matt Kemp will not travel to Australia with the team, but he continues to make progress.
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• The Tigers cleared a spot in the rotation for Drew Smyly by dealing Doug Fister to the Nationals this offseason. Smyly starred for the Tigers out of the bullpen last year, but he was effective in 18 starts in 2012. He got roughed up by the Cardinals in his first spring start, but bounced back with three shutout innings against the Mets on Saturday, striking out three and walking one. Given his strikeout and wins upside, Smyly makes a nice target toward the end of drafts, and could provide a big return on investment.

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