Tigers’ Ful­mer point­ing to­ward reg­u­lar sea­son

AL’s top rookie last year says in­jured an­kle has healed.

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AL Rookie of the Year Michael Ful­mer said his in­jured right an­kle that cost him a start for the Detroit Tigers ear­lier this month is 100 per­cent and he’s on track to be ready for the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Ful­mer, mak­ing his sec­ond start since sprain­ing the an­kle dur­ing an agility drill March 4, gave up three runs and four hits in 3⅓ in­nings in a 3-0 loss Fri­day to the New York Yan­kees — a game in which Yan­kees starter Masahiro Tanaka and two re­liev­ers com­bined for a no-hit­ter.

Ful­mer threw 59 pitches. The Tigers had tar­geted him for 55 to 60.

“It’s a process,” Ful­mer said. “I think to­day was an­other day that the re­sults might have not been there but just build­ing up pitch count right now. Just build­ing up stamina, try­ing to be ready for open­ing day to go 100-plus pitches. That’s my main goal, to be 100 per­cent ready, 100 per­cent built up for my first start.”

Ful­mer went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts last sea­son. Mar­lins: The team is wait­ing to learn the ex­tent of third base­man Martin Prado’s ham­string in­jury, in­clud­ing whether he’ll be avail­able for open­ing day. Play­ing for Team Venezuela in the World Base­ball Clas­sic, Prado hurt him­self run­ning out a grounder in the sixth in­ning of Wed­nes­day’s loss to Team USA. Prado im­me­di­ately left the game and didn’t re­turn.

Dodgers: The fa­ther of man­ager Dave Roberts died at age 68. Way­mon Roberts served in the Marine Corps and was sta­tioned in Ja­pan when his only son was born on Ok­i­nawa in 1972. The younger Roberts’ child­hood was spent mov­ing from one mil­i­tary base to an­other be­fore the fam­ily set­tled in San Diego. Roberts was re­placed for Fri­day’s split-squad games by bench coach Bob Geren and Triple-A Ok­la­homa City man­ager Bill Hasel­man.

A’s: Out­fielder Jake Smolinski had surgery on his right shoul­der and will be in a sling for the next four weeks. The team said Smolinski had an arthro­scopic pro­ce­dure Thurs­day in Scotts­dale, Ariz., to re­pair his labrum and re­move a bursa — a small, fluid-filled sac that acts as a cush­ion be­tween the bone and sur­round­ing tis­sue. Smolinski ap­peared in three games this spring, hit­ting .167 with a dou­ble and an RBI. He hit .238 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 99 games with the Ath­let­ics last year.

Ori­oles: Right-han­der Lo­gan On­drusek, due to have his el­bow ex­am­ined next week by Dr. James An­drews, was re­leased. On­drusek agreed in De­cem­ber to a nonguar­an­teed $650,000, one-year con­tract. If doc­tors de­ter­mine On­drusek is in­jured, there might be a griev­ance ar­gu­ing he should not be re­leased but in­stead placed on the dis­abled list.

Rangers: Right-han­der An­drew Cash­ner threw a 30-pitch bullpen ses­sion, his first in camp since be­ing slowed by up­per right bi­ceps sore­ness. Man­ager Jeff Banis­ter said he is un­likely to be ready for his spot in the ro­ta­tion by the first week of the sea­son.

Detroit’s Michael Ful­mer threw 59 pitches in Fri­day’s spring-train­ing game against the Yan­kees. He gave up three runs and four hits in 3⅓ in­nings.

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