Tigers making adjustments starting season in National League ballpark
The Detroit Tigers are starting the season with interleague play visiting the Miami Marlins. In order to get Victor Martinez's bat in the lineup, the Tigers are needing to move the veteran slugger from DH to first base, meaning Miguel Cabrera may have to move across the diamond to third, according MLB.com.
"Yea, Miguel is an option at third base the first couple of games," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB.com Wednesday. "He is, assuming Vic's OK at first."
With the scenario starting third baseman Nick Castellanos will be coming off the bench for the opening series on the road playing in a National League ballpark. Along with starting the season with interleague play, the Tigers will also close the regular season playing the Braves in Atlanta.
"It's odd, it's a little strange," Ausmus said of opening and closing the season with Interleague Play. "Little bit of an inconvenience for us, because we're a team that has a DH in Victor Martinez. Should we be forced to not play Victor a game or two, or three, because of that? Especially if we're looking at the end of the season, we're fighting for a playoff spot. That's not ideal, for sure."
While Cabrera may be a little rusty at third base as he didn't play the position at all in 2015, he has plenty of experience with 688 starts at the hot corner.