SARASOTA, Fla. - Catcher Taylor Teagarden received an epidural yesterday to alleviate the pain in his lower back after a CT scan revealed a slightly torn ligament that supports a disk. Now he must wait a few weeks and wonder whether he can be ready for the April 6 opener.
"I'm not really sure what the timeframe is," he said. "It's not as serious, ... it could have been worse, but it's going to take a little more time to heal. I've just got to play each day by day and see how it responds."
Asked if he's concerned about opening day, Teagarden said, "It's hard to say. I was given the two- to three-week deal, but it depends on how I feel, so it could go quicker. I've been resting it since the sixth or seventh. They've got a protocol for me to kind of rehabilitate my back.
"It might get close, but I'll do everything I can to be out there."
Teagarden suffered a back injury in 2005 during his first season with the Texas Rangers.
"This is a little bit different than that," he said. "That was kind of a build up continuation of the grind of a baseball season. This is kind of a one-time deal. Kind of unlucky or whatever you want to call it, but it was a one-time thing that I did. Hopefully, I can get everything calmed down and get back to baseball activities."
For the Tigers:
Austin Jackson CF
Brennan Boesch RF
Miguel Cabrera 3B
Prince Fielder 1B
Delmon Young DH
Alex Avila C
Jhonny Peralta SS
Ryan Raburn 2B
Andy Dirks LF
Justin Verlander RHP
The Orioles brought minor leaguers Johnny Ruettiger, Travis Adair, Blake Davis, Edgardo Baez, Trent Mummey, Stu Pomeranz, Robert Hinton, Clayton Schrader and Chris Petrini.