• Avisail Garcia did not make the two-day trip with the Tigers (they'll stay overnight before heading to Jupiter, Fla., on Monday) and Leyland did not expect the banged-up outfielder to be ready to play on Tuesday, either.
"I'd probably be taking away at-bats from someone else to be playing him this late," Leyland said. "I don't really know how that's gonna play out. If we make that decision that he can still be ready, then I'd get him some at-bats, because we have decisions to make. Without saying anything definite, I would lean toward [him] probably not going to start the season with us."
• Reliever Bruce Rondon's next two outings will be on back-to-back days.
• With Rule 5 Draft pick Jeff Kobernus heading back to the Nationals, it appears that Matt Tuiasosopo is more likely to emerge as a possible additional bench piece. Leyland said he feels comfortable with Tuiasosopo either at third or first base, and doubts he'd ever play him in the middle infield.
"What I've seen so far has been hot and cold," Leyland said of Tuiasosopo. "Cold early and hot lately. I didn't really know what to expect. He's hit some balls that had a loud sound, and swung and missed at some balls. Overall, he's done a nice job."
• Conditions at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie were blustery on Sunday, with winds blowing out at about 35 mph.
When asked what he'd like to see from starting pitcher Doug Fister, Leyland joked: "Today, I'd like to see a little less wind."
Leyland added that sometimes with such conditions, it can diminish what a manager takes away from a game.
"It diminishes what the outcome might be for anybody, their pitcher or our pitcher," Leyland said. "Or hitters."
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