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Detroit Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson takes bat training at Comerica Park on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Detroit Free Press

On Friday, it was Matt Mansing’s day. Saturday was for Casey Mize.

Mize threw 20-plus places in front of pitching coach Rick Anderson and bullpen coach AJ Sager and others in the Detroit Tigers bullpen.

When Manning threw a bullpen session from Comerica Park Hill on Friday, Mize went off the field with left ace Matthew Boyd after driving between the poles.

Manning, one of the team’s foremost opportunities, was back on the field and threw long toss Saturday, but before he did, he made a quick stop for the bull.

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Through the open gate he saw the end of Mys first camp with the bull.

Mize, also a top prospect, threw with veteran left Hector Santiago, who is in the camp and is competing for a bullpen spot.

Mize, 23, is expected by many to be in line for a 2020 debut. Last season, he ripped through Class A Lakeland and threw a no-hitter at Double-A Erie in his first pro season. But – and this is a big one – he missed more than a month in the middle season with a shoulder problem.

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Because of the damage, the coronavirus pandemic that threatens the season, and the unusual pitch that their young pitchers have been on, the Tigers may prefer to err on the side of caution when driving them.

But Mize – like Manning and probably left Tarik Skubal – would start the 2020 league season at Triple-A Toledo. But last week Minor League Baseball canceled its season and now the Tigers are in a bit of a block: While trying to protect some of those pitchers, they remain with major-league action as the only option to promote their development.

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The Tigers have a preference for how they would like things to play out, but injuries always have their way of forcing a hand. For the moment, Mys first two days of camp, including staying with Boyd, was a positive influence – to what would otherwise appear to be a productive bullpen session on Saturday afternoon, a good step to prove he’s ready.

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