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Tyler Collins | Outfielder | #18

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/6/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Howard (TX) JC
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (0) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Tyler Collins went 1-for-3 and drilled a three-run bomb in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.
This was his second game back in action after missing time with a strained lat muscle that has bothered him throughout camp. He is batting just .220 with two homers in 41 at-bats. Collins has a very shaky hold on the starting centerfield job in Detroit. The 26-year-old has seen limited major league action over the last three seasons, holding a career line of .253/.309/.401 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 134 games. Mar 25 - 6:52 PM

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Tyler Collins returned to action Friday and went 1-for-3 against the Braves.

Collins missed a few more days with his troublesome lat muscle. He was able to play center field today, which seems like a good sign. Still, it's been a rough spring for him while dealing with the injury -- he's hit just .211/.225/.342 in 38 at-bats -- and it remains to be seen what the Tigers will do with him. While he's not a particularly good platoon option in center field, he is out of options and the Tigers don't want to lose him.
Mar 24 - 5:57 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) is being held out of action until Friday.

Collins had a bit of a setback with a lat muscle injury over the weekend, so the Tigers are giving him some rest. He's one of a handful of players in the mix for center field duties this season.
Mar 22 - 12:31 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) played long toss Monday morning in Tigers camp.

Collins was scratched from a Grapefruit League game Sunday after experiencing a flareup of discomfort in his left lat muscle, but it's clearly not a major setback. The outfielder will look to return to live action sometime this week.
Mar 20 - 10:23 AM

Tyler Collins was scratched from Sunday's lineup after having a setback with his strained left lat.

The Tigers are saying it's in a different area of his back this time, but it's a setback nonetheless. Collins is likely to start against righties in center field if his health cooperates, but he's had trouble staying on the field this spring.
Mar 19 - 12:05 PM

Tyler Collins hit his first spring homer off Joe Blanton as the Tigers and Nationals played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Monday.

Collins started in center field for the first time this spring, as he had been limited to DH duties by a strained lat. He has some work to do in order to secure a piece of the center field job leading into Opening Day. Today's homer helps, but he's still just 4-for-21 this spring and he offers less range than the Tigers' other center field options.
Mar 13 - 5:15 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) was able to make throws to the bases on Friday without any issues.

Collins has battled a lat strain since early in camp and has yet to play the outfield in a Grapefruit League game. That could change as soon as Sunday or Monday provided he can avoid any setbacks. Collins is competing with JaCoby Jones and Mikie Mahtook for the club's starting job in center field.
Source: Detroit News
Mar 10 - 7:20 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) will throw to bases on Friday.

Assuming that goes well, he should be cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut in center field over the weekend. Collins is behind schedule due to a left lat strain, but he has time to get ready for Opening Day and should start for the Tigers in center field versus righties.
Mar 10 - 9:02 AM

Tyler Collins (lat) could be ready for his Grapefruit League debut by this weekend.

Collins strained his left lat early on in camp, but he resumed throwing late last week. The Tigers would like Collins to form the strong side of a platoon in center field with Mikie Mahtook, but obviously he needs to get on the field and stay healthy first.
Source: Detroit News
Mar 7 - 6:31 PM

Tyler Collins (lat) resumed throwing on Thursday from up to 90 feet.

Collins isn't ready to play center field yet after straining his left lat a week ago, but he's in the Tigers' designated hitter spot Friday. The 26-year-old should be the club's primary center fielder against righties as long as he's healthy.
Mar 3 - 11:16 AM

Tyler Collins won't be able to play the field for a couple weeks after suffering a strained left lat.

Collins is still able to hit and run, but he can't throw and thus is unable to play defense. It's obviously not ideal as the 26-year-old competes for the Tigers' center field job, although he should still have time to make a nice impression. Collins entered camp as the likely favorite to start in center against right-handers.
Feb 24 - 8:17 AM

Tyler Collins sprained his left ankle Saturday while shagging fly balls at batting practice.

Collins wasn't available for Saturday's game against Atlanta and will probably sit out Sunday as well. The 26-year-old has seen just 136 at-bats this year and hasn't played much down the stretch.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 11:25:00 PM

Tyler Collins (knee) appeared as a pinch-runner in Thursday's win over the Red Sox.

He pinch-ran for Miguel Cabrera in the eighth inning and stayed in the game to play left field. Collins bruised his knee against the Royals on Wednesday but obviously he's feeling much better. The 26-year-old has posted a .227 average over 97 at-bats this season.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 10:14:00 PM

Tyler Collins is day-to-day with a bruised knee.

Collins took a Yordano Ventura fastball off the knee on Wednesday night. X-rays turned up negative, but manager Brad Ausmus said "it'll probably be a few days."
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 09:19:00 AM

Tyler Collins was ejected from Monday's game against the Royals for arguing

Collins didn't agree with Dan Iassogna's strike zone after he struck out looking in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts before getting tossed.
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 09:53:00 PM

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C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
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2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Mike Pelfrey
7Matt Boyd
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R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Shane Greene
3Justin Wilson
4Bruce Rondon
5Alex Wilson
6Kyle Ryan
7Daniel Stumpf
8Blaine Hardy