The Tigers placed outfielder Riley Green on the 10-day injured list due to a stress fracture in his left fibula. Here’s what you need to know:
- Green, 22, has been in the midst of a breakout season, hitting . 296 with five home runs through 52 games played. Leads Detroit in batting average and hits.
- Green reported his discomfort after the first half of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers. The Tigers removed him shortly after he appeared to wince on a birdie catch in the third inning.
- In a separate move, the Tigers acquired outfielder Jake Marisnick in a deal with the White Sox on Tuesday.
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What does this mean for tigers?
On the heels of Eduardo Rodriguez’ injury, Green’s injury is another huge blow to a team that posted a 15-11 record in May. Green has led much of the Tigers’ charge over the past month, hitting . 365 with a 0.435 percent on-base and 1.008 OPS since May 1. His cap could be and how important he is to the Tigers over the next several years.
Now Greene will be out, likely for several weeks at least, and the Tigers’ 28th OPS standings will advance without the Most Valuable Player. – Stavenhagen
How will Detroit fill Green’s place field?
Detroit acquired Marisnick, an 11-year MLB veteran, from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations. Even before Green’s injury, Maresnik was expected to join the active list in place of player Matt Feirling, who is at IL with a sore back. Marisnick, who has a career slashing streak of .228/.281/.384 but was a member of AJ Hinch’s Astros, was scheduled to start at field position Wednesday against the Rangers. The Tigers can also mix and match with current players like Akil Badu and Zack Short at center field.
“I think we have to admit it’s really frustrating,” Hinch said. “It’s hard for the team. At the same time, we have to pull ourselves together, go out and figure out a different way.” – Stavenhagen
What happens from here?
Green is expected to see a specialist in the coming days to get a second opinion on his leg. Hinch did not want to speculate on a recovery timeline for Green, but such an injury generally takes at least six weeks to heal.
“Obviously there will be a respite and it will be at least 10 days,” Hinch said. “For me to speculate on what that means is literally guessing.” – Stavenhagen
The #5 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, Greene made his debut with the Tigers in 2022, hitting . 253 in 93 games.
Green is the second player to be placed on the Tigers’ injured list this week. The team put Rodriguez’s staff on the injured list on Tuesday.
The Tigers, who have been winless since 2016, got off to a 25-28 start. They sit in second place in American League Central, two games behind the Twins.
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