(WXYZ) - The Tigers have a pitching battle for their final rotation spot going into spring training, and good friends Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly will be fighting for it.
While the loser of the competition won't be in the rotation on opening day, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them at some point during the season. Injuries are a part of baseball, and pitchers aren't immune.
Last year, nine pitchers started at least three games for the Tigers.
"If the guy that you are competing against does well, it just motivates you to do better," said pitching coach Jeff Jones to reporters on the friendly competition.
"I think it will be the same thing here with Drew and Rick. Knowing both, I don't think either will want the other to fail."