New Tigers Pitching Coach Positive For COVID-19
Chris Fetter, the first-year pitching coach for the Detroit Tigers will not be uniform when the Tigers host the Cleveland Indians on Thursday for Opening Day. Fetter has tested positive for COVID-19.
New Tigers manager A.J. Hinch says that because of Fetter's absence (Fetter will be isolating at home), assistant pitching coach Juan Nieves and Triple-A Toledo pitching coach Doug Bochtler would take over Fetter's responsibilities.
Fetter was hired last fall after a successful stint as pitching coach at the University of Michigan, where he and head coach Erik Bakich led the Wolverines to the College World Series Championship Series in 2019 (lost to Vanderbilt in the Finals).
Fetter and starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull will not start the season with the team, Turnbull is still recovering from testing positive for COVID-19 during spring training.
The Tigers (as of March 29th) have 34 players still left in camp. Eight more players have to go before they open the season on Thursday.