Player News - Tigers

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Tigers prospect Christin Stewart homered twice on Sunday for Double-A Erie.

It's homers 17 and 18 for Stewart, respectively. The 2015 compensation-round selection hasn't shown the hit tool he did in 2016, but he still is showing the plus power, and he's also drawn 32 walks to help balance out the contact issues. At 23-years-old, it makes sense to give Stewart a chance to face Triple-A pitching before the end of the year to give Detroit a better understanding of when he'll be ready to contribute at the highest level. It could be next summer if things go well.
Jun 26 - 2:07 PM

Tigers prospect Matt Manning hurled five shutout innings on Sunday for short-season Connecticut.

Manning allowed just three hits and two walks in those five innings, and he struck out five. It's only his second start of the season, but he's yet to give up a run, and he's struck out 14 batters in just over nine innings. There's a lot of work to be done, but the Tigers first-round pick from 2016 has tremendous upside, and could be a top of the rotation starter if everything goes to plan.
Jun 26 - 1:33 PM

Mikie Mahtook went 2-for-5 with a two-run single and an RBI triple in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Mahtook picked up an RBI triple in the fourth inning, just an appetizer for his big go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning. That two-run knock snapped a 5-5 tie and sent the Tigers on their way to picking up a hard-earned victory in which they had to overcome an early 3-0 deficit. For his part, Mahtook is hitting .253/.282/.444 with four homers and 14 RBI in limited playing time (99 at-bats).
Jun 25 - 8:39 PM

Nicholas Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Castellanos knotted up the score at 5-5 with his two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in the sixth inning. This was his first home run since he went deep against the Red Sox on June 11. He is up to nine homers for the year. While the 25-year-old third baseman looks to be on his way to his third consecutive season of at least 15 homers, he has had his struggles in terms of average and is hitting just .237/.306/.421 overall.
Jun 25 - 8:37 PM

Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs on six hits over four innings while taking a no-decision in Sunday's win over the Padres.

Zimmermann walked three, struck out five and surrendered a pair of home run in the unsettled outing, with Wil Myers and Erick Aybar cracking solo shots in the first and second innings, respectively. This outing is made all the more disappointing by the fact that Zimmermann had allowed just five runs in his last two starts (covering 14 2/3 frames) before hitting a wall against the Padres on Sunday. He will carry a 5.53 ERA and 1.49 WHIP into a home start against the Indians next time he takes to the mound.
Jun 25 - 8:28 PM

Alex Avila picked up a single and a double across four at-bats in Saturday's loss in San Diego.

Avila accounted for two of the team's six hits in the road loss. He has four multi-hit games over his past nine outings to raise his average from .310 to .320 just since June 15. He should continue to see a regular role either at catcher, first base or as the designated hitter with Victor Martinez (heart) on the mend.
Jun 25 - 3:29 AM

Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision in San Diego on Saturday.

Sanchez has posted a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two outings since being summoned from Triple-A Toledo on June 18. He has re-emerged as a useful fantasy option if you need help in the back end of your rotation in deeper AL play. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians at Comerica Park.
Jun 25 - 3:26 AM

Nicholas Castellanos (back) returned to the lineup Saturday against the Padres, finishing 1-for-4.

Castellanos was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a tight back, but he didn't show any ill effects of the injury Saturday and was able to go the distance. With Castellanos back in the mix, Dixon Machado was back to a reserve role.
Jun 25 - 3:23 AM

Michael Fulmer limited the Padres to one run and two hits over seven innings in a loss Friday.

Fulmer has pitched well in both starts since having his previous outing pushed back by shoulder bursitis. We're still worried that the problem could worsen, but it doesn't seem to be affecting him at all on the mound.
Jun 24 - 1:04 AM

Nicholas Castellanos was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday due to back tightness.

The issue is believed to be minor and Castellanos is considered day-to-day. Dixon Machado will start in his place on Friday against Luis Perdomo and the Padres.
Jun 23 - 10:23 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Toledo.

Den Dekker is a .236/.318/.359 hitter at the major league level but has a solid glove. He could get some starts in center field.
Jun 23 - 5:08 PM

Tigers recalled RHP Bruce Rondon from Triple-A Toledo.

Rondon was bombed for six runs over 1 1/3 innings back in April for the Tigers, and his control remained a mess at Toledo (18 walks in 26 2/3 frames). He'll be used in low-leverage situations.
Jun 23 - 5:06 PM

Tigers placed OF Alex Presley on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

Presley collided with the outfield wall Thursday. As is always the case with concussions, it's up in the air as to how much time he'll miss. Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine will be in line for more playing time in center field while Presley is sidelined.
Jun 23 - 5:04 PM

Alex Presley underwent concussion tests after colliding with the outfield wall on Thursday.

The results of those tests aren't known, but the Tigers could make a roster move with Presley prior to Friday's game. Mikie Mahtook and Andrew Romine would be in line for more playing time if Presley is sidelined.
Jun 23 - 9:01 AM

Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.

After Robinson Cano cracked a grand slam to give the Mariners a 9-3 lead through seven innings, the Tigers at least tried to make a game of it. Cabrera pulled them to within four with his two-run homer in the eighth and they would score one more of the frame to draw to within a manageable 9-6 deficit. However, they would draw no closer. Cabrera has now gone deep in three of his last eight games. On the macro level, he is hitting to a .271/.370/.450 triple-slash with eight homers and 34 RBI across 218 at-bats.
Jun 23 - 1:17 AM


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