Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Grayson Greiner will undergo surgery next Tuesday to remove a bone chip from his right wrist.

Greiner had been playing winter ball for Escogido in the Dominican Republic. He should be fine by the opening of spring training next February and will likely have a shot at claiming the Tigers' backup catcher gig. The 26-year-old batted .219/.328/.281 over his first 116 major league plate appearances in 2018.
Oct 17 - 12:20 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Angels have formally interviewed Brad Ausmus and Eric Chavez in their managerial search.

Morosi writes that the team "is moving closer to a decision, although it is unclear who the frontrunner is." Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, and a couple other internal candidates are also believed to be in the running to replace Mike Scioscia. Ausmus and Chavez both worked as special assistants to Angels general manager Billy Eppler this past season.
Oct 17 - 9:41 AM

Christin Stewart underwent surgery to repair his core muscle on Thursday.

Stewart and pitcher Jordan Zimmermann both underwent the surgery on Thursday in Philadelphia, and both operations were deemed a success. The 24-year-old showed promise in his time with the Tigers this year, hitting .267/.375/417 with a pair of homers and 13/10 K/BB ratio over 72 plate appearances. He's expected to be ready to go by the start of spring training.
Oct 11 - 4:17 PM

Jordan Zimmermann underwent surgery on Thursday to repair his core muscle.

Zimmermann and fellow Tiger Christin Stewart both underwent the procedure on Thursday in Philadelphia, and according to the team and surgeon Dr. William Meyers, the operations were successful. The recovery time for this type of procedure is typically 4-6 weeks, so Zimmermann should be ready to be a member of the Detroit rotation by the time spring training comes around.
Oct 11 - 4:14 PM

Miguel Cabrera thinks he'd be ready to play right now after June surgery to repair a ruptured biceps tendon.

"If we were going to play in the playoffs, I think I’d be able to be ready right now," Cabrera said. "But they don’t want to push me, because we got a lot of time. But I talked to the trainers, the doctor and if we got a chance to go to the playoffs -- if it was a big chance -- I could play right now." Cabrera has five guaranteed years left on his contract and will make $30 million next season. He's expected to be Detroit's primary first baseman next year, but with Victor Martinez exiting, there should be more time available at DH to use to give him breaks.
Oct 3 - 3:08 PM

Spencer Turnbull struck out seven batters over 5 1/3 innings in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Turnbull gave up four runs on five hits, including a solo homer by Jesus Aguilar in the fourth inning. He threw 59 of 92 pitches for strikes and only issued a pair over walks. The 26-year-old right-hander finishes the 2018 campaign 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 15/4 K/BB ratio in four big-league appearances (three starts). He'll likely be given an extended look as a potential rotation piece in Detroit next spring.
Sep 30 - 7:19 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 1-for-4 in the Tigers' loss to the Brewers on Sunday.

Castellanos lined an opposite-field double, his 46th of the year, to right field in his final at-bat of the season against Brewers reliever Jordan Lyles in the eighth inning. The Tigers managed just seven hits and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in their season finale. The 26-year-old outfielder was arguably the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for Detroit. He posted a career-high .298 batting average with 88 runs scored, 23 homers, 89 RBI and two steals in 678 plate appearances.
Sep 30 - 6:57 PM

Christin Stewart will be examined by Dr. William Meyers next week to make sure his abdominal strain isn't something worse.

Myers is a core muscle specialist who has examined many current and former Tigers player over the years. Stewart is done for the season regardless but the club wants to make sure he doesn't need surgery.
Sep 30 - 1:10 PM

Nicholas Castellanos clubbed his 23rd home run of the season in a losing effort against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Castellanos blasted his solo shot in the fifth inning off of Corbin Burnes, pulling the Tigers to within a run at 5-4. He also singled in the contest, finishing the night 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. He's now hitting .299/.355/.500 with 23 long balls and 89 RBI on the season.
Sep 29 - 11:05 PM

Daniel Norris was hit hard in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday, giving up five runs on six hits across 4 2/3 innings.

On the plus side for fantasy owners, the Tigers' southpaw did rack up a season-high eight strikeouts, while walking two. He served up a two-run homer to Christian Yelich in the third inning, then got hit for three more runs the following inning. The good news, is that he finished the season healthy. The bad news, is that he compiled a cringe-inducing 5.68 ERA and 1.47 WHIP across his 44 1/3 innings on the season.
Sep 29 - 11:05 PM

Tigers' general manager Al Avila said Saturday that the team isn't guaranteed to tender a contract to catcher James McCann this winter.

McCann is arbitration-eligible this winter and is under team control through the 2020 season. He earned $2.375 million in 2018 and is likely to earn a decent raise on that number through arbitration, despite hitting just .220/.267/.314 with eight homers and 39 RBI on the year. Given the fact that the rebuilding Tigers don't plan to compete in 2019, they may want to shed that salary, especially with Jake Rogers expected to be the team's future behind the plate.
Source: Detroit News
Sep 29 - 8:54 PM

Christin Stewart (abdomen) remained out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday.

While no official announcement has been made, it looks likely that Stewart is done for the season. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .267/.375/.417 with two homers, 10 RBI and a 13/10 K/BB ratio over 72 plate appearances in his first exposure to the big leagues. He should open the 2019 season as the team's everyday left fielder.
Sep 29 - 3:55 PM

Dawel Lugo launched his first career home run in impressive fashion on Friday, tagging Brewers' left-hander Josh Hader for a game-tying two-run blast in the eighth inning on Friday.

Hader entered the game with a minuscule 2.28 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 140/29 K/BB ratio in 79 innings on the season and had allowed only eight home runs, while Lugo was hitting .209/.261/.256 and had whiffed 19 times in his first 92 plate appearances. So to see Lugo win this battle was quite surprising.
Sep 28 - 11:23 PM

Jordan Zimmermann was hit hard in a no-decision against the Brewers, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his four innings of work.

The 33-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out four on the night. After the Tigers staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, he responded by giving up a two-run homer to Christian Yelich and a solo shot to Ryan Braun in the bottom half of the inning. He finishes the season 7-9 with a 4.52 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 111/26 K/BB ratio over his 131 1/3 innings. He's still owed another $50 million from the Tigers over the next two seasons.
Sep 28 - 11:23 PM

Christin Stewart (abdomen) is likely done for the season due to a lower abdominal strain.

The Tigers haven't ruled out the possibility that he'll improve enough to play this weekend, but manager Ron Gardenhire all but dismissed the chances. "He’s done what he needs to do," Gardenhire said. Stewart batted .267/.375/.417 with two homers over 17 games with the big club and has a shot to open next season as the team's starter in left field.
Sep 28 - 5:07 PM


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