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Nick Castellanos | Third Baseman | #9

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/4/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Castellanos (hand) is scheduled to play in an instructional league game in Florida on Monday.
It has been a slow recovery process for the Tigers' third baseman who has been on the shelf since August 6 with a fractured hand. He's still hoping to return to the club before the end of the regular season. Sep 24 - 10:46 AM

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Nick Castellanos felt lingering discomfort in his fractured left hand while facing live pitching Monday at the Tigers' spring training complex in Florida.

It's not a significant setback, but the young third baseman is running out of time with the Tigers facing elimination from postseason contention. Castellanos will scale back to regular batting practice for the time being. He's been sidelined since August 6 because of the fractured hand.
Sep 20 - 6:02 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) will begin taking live batting practice at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida.

If all goes well after a couple of days, he'll begin playing in simulated games. Castellanos is still on track for a return in late-September, but could be shut down completely if the Tigers fall out of the playoff race before then.
Sep 17 - 1:25 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Nick Castellanos (hand) is still at least a week away from playing a full simulated game.

Castellanos took just one at-bat against rehabbing right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday at Comerica Park in Detroit. He could head to the Tigers' instructional league in Florida to see more live pitching, if the timing is right. Castellanos has been on the disabled list since the first week of August because of a fractured left hand. He's pointed toward a late-September return.
Sep 15 - 11:41 AM

Nick Castellanos (hand) could take at-bats in a simulated game Wednesday.

He participated in on-field batting practice Monday and hit in a cage on Tuesday. There's some chatter about him returning from the disabled list on Sunday, but the Tigers aren't yet offering an official timetable. Castellanos has been sidelined since the first week of August because of a fractured left hand and will probably have to work through some soreness as he ramps up baseball activities. Erick Aybar and Andrew Romine are doing most of the filling in at third base lately in Detroit.
Sep 13 - 6:31 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) took batting practice Monday.

It was his first time taking BP since he landed on the disabled list with a fractured left hand back in early August. He previously said he hopes to be back from the disabled list as soon as September 18, though the next few days will tell the tale about how realistic that goal is.
Sep 12 - 5:04 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) is shooting to return to the Tigers' lineup by September 18.

Castellanos hit live pitching Friday for the first time since suffering a fractured left hand back in early August. The third baseman admitted Wednesday that the hand isn't 100 percent healed yet, but it's healed enough and it's a pain tolerance thing for him at this point.
Sep 9 - 4:21 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) admitted Wednesday that his fractured left hand is "not 100 percent yet."

"I haven’t even gotten an X ray that says my bone is completely healed yet," Castellanos said. "It’s better, and they said there’s a lot of bridging, but it’s not 100% yet. So there’s going to be some discomfort. But it’s getting through as much discomfort as I can and progressing so when my bone is healed, I’m ready to play." Castellanos has been taking swings with a fungo bat for the last week and will take swings with a regular bat on Friday. He's eyeing a mid-September return.
Sep 9 - 10:27 AM

Nick Castellanos (hand) took 25 swings with a fungo bat Friday.

He's progressing slowly but steadily in his recovery from a fractured left hand. Castellanos is still a couple weeks away from a return.
Sep 2 - 5:31 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) played catch Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

But he can only receive soft throws at this point and isn't close to hitting. Castellanos suffered a broken hand on August 6 when he was struck by a Logan Verrett pitch. He'll try to make it back by mid-September, but it might be more like late September.
Aug 29 - 3:56 PM

Nick Castellanos (hand) hasn't been cleared to resume hitting.

Castellanos had a follow-up X-ray on Friday. The results were encouraging but it could be a few more days before he's cleared to hit. Castellanos broke his hand on a hit-by-pitch a couple weeks ago and is hoping to return in early September. Casey McGehee has been filling in at the hot corner.
Aug 20 - 5:00 PM

Tigers placed 3B Nick Castellanos on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand.

Castellanos suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch in Saturday's win over the Mets. The usual recovery time for a broken hand is about 6-8 weeks but Castellanos is hoping to make it back in four. Casey McGehee was called up from Triple-A Toledo to take his place on the active roster.
Aug 6 - 11:24 PM

Nick Castellanos left Saturday's game against the Mets with a fractured left hand.

Logan Verrett plunked him in the fourth inning. Castellanos took his base but was replaced by Mike Aviles in the following frame. X-rays showed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone in his left hand. Castellanos is obviously headed to the disabled list, though the Tigers are hoping he'll only have to miss 3-4 weeks. Casey McGehee was lifted from Saturday night's game for Triple-A Toledo, a sign that he'll be heading to Detroit to replace Castellanos.
Aug 6 - 9:28 PM

Nick Castellanos hit his 17th home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Castellanos' solo shot in the fourth inning was his only hit in three at-bats on the night. The first half of the season has been good to the 24-year-old, who is hitting .307/.348/.547 with those 17 homers, 51 RBI and 44 runs scored. The home runs are already a personal best for Castellanos, and he'll look to set some more single-season records as the year goes on.
Jul 7 - 11:42 PM

Nick Castellanos went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the Tigers' 12-2 rout of the Indians on Wednesday.

Cleveland carried an 11-game winning streak against Detroit into the afternoon game at Progressive Field. Castellanos helped put a stop to that, launching a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and a two-run double in the seventh. He also singled in the game. The third baseman is enjoying a breakout season at age 24, now with a .307/.346/.540 batting line, 16 home runs, 19 doubles, and 50 RBI in 81 games played.
Jul 6 - 3:42 PM

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C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Erick Aybar
3Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Casey McGehee
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Jose Iglesias
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
5Anibal Sanchez
6Daniel Norris
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4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
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