Notes: Krol gets unwelcome visitor at his home

Ian Krol he'd been robbed when he returned from the ballpark after pitching in Saturday's 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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LAKELAND, Fla. — Ian Krol learned an expensive lesson Saturday.

Krol said he forgot to lock his apartment and returned home to find he’d been robbed.

On his Twitter account, @IanKrolTKB, he posted, "I really hope whoever broke into my apt needed the cash more than I did.."

Krol made the discovery when he returned from the ballpark after pitching in Saturday’s 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

"At first I didn’t really think anything of it," Krol said in Lakeland Sunday morning. "I was just like, oh, my cabinets are open. Then because my parents are in town, I was looking for some money to go out to dinner with and I couldn’t find my pile of cash. It was in my drawer. They kind of just ruffled through everything and got it."

Krol seems to have as good an attitude about it as one can have.

"It sucks but I’m fortunate enough to have a decent paying job," Krol said. "If I was a teacher or something, whatever it would be, and I lost six grand, I’d be pretty upset. Right now I’m just taking it as a lesson learned."

Krol said he wasn’t nervous staying in his apartment, but was a little disturbed at the thought that someone was watching and waiting until he left.

"Mistake on my part," Krol said. "At the same time, what’s wrong with people? Someone must have been watching me. That’s the creepy thing. At least I have everything else, just cash was missing."

VERLANDER UPDATE

There’s no guarantee that Justin Verlander will make his scheduled start Thursday but there’s no guarantee he won’t.

Verlander left his last start in Dunedin Friday with two outs in the third because of a cramp in his right triceps muscle.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus received word from Lakeland Sunday morning that Verlander had done some light tossing.

Ausmus said Verlander felt a little tight but was otherwise OK.

RONDON GETS EXTRA DAY OFF

It’s something that everyone has done, slept in a bad position and woken up with a stiff neck.

Bruce Rondon did so Friday night and woke up Saturday needing some treatment.

Originally scheduled to pitch Sunday in Clearwater against the Philadelphia Phillies, Rondon will instead get an extra day off.

"He was better this morning as well but not well enough to pitch," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It’s his trap (muscle), kind of neck. I have the same thing, to be honest with you.

"It’s not of grave concern."

Rondon has a 5.68 ERA in seven games (6 1/3 innings) this spring.

"If it goes on too long, it certainly doesn’t help us, or him," Ausmus said.

The good news is Rondon’s arm appears to be fine after undergoing Tommy John surgery last spring.

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