Player News - Tigers

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John Hicks blasted his first career home run and drove in five runs on Sunday, leading the Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Twins.

Hicks was brought up from Triple-A on Saturday to fill in for the injured Miguel Cabrera and stated his case that he's here to stay with Sunday's performance. His two-run single in the third inning capped off a five-run uprising against Kyle Gibson then he crushed a three-run homer off of Ryan Pressly in the ninth. He could be worth a look in AL-only formats while Cabrera is sidelined, but isn't likely to carry much mixed league value.
Apr 23 - 6:03 PM

Jim Adduci returned to the big leagues with a bang on Sunday, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Tigers topped the Twins.

The 32-year-old spent the past two seasons in Korea and hadn't been in a big league game since accruing 101 at-bats with the Rangers in 2014. He delivered a two-run double in the third inning on Sunday that increased the Tigers' advantage to 5-1. Given the amount of injuries the Tigers are dealing with in the outfield at the moment, Adduci could carve out at least a platoon role for the next few weeks if he keeps hitting.
Apr 23 - 5:58 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI as the Tigers clobbered the Twins in Minnesota on Sunday.

Martinez has gotten off to a woefully slow start, but his bat has finally started to show signs of life. His RBI double in the sixth inning was astoundingly his first extra-base hit of the season. With the three-hit attack, he's now hitting .222/.286/.238 with nine RBI on the season.
Apr 23 - 5:54 PM

Michael Fulmer earned his second victory of the year, punching out seven over seven innings of two-run baseball against the Twins on Sunday.

The reigning Rookie of the Year allowed just four hits and a walk on the day. The Twins scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Miguel Sano and tacked on another on Eddie Rosario's solo homer in the fifth, but Fulmer was in complete command otherwise. He now sits at 2-1 with a 2.88 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 23/6 K/BB ratio through 25 innings on the season. His next test will come on Saturday against the White Sox.
Apr 23 - 5:52 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of OF Jim Adduci from Triple-A Toledo.

Adduci, who turns 32 in a few weeks, was off to a .349/.375/.488 start at Toledo after spending the last two seasons in Korea. He's starting in right field Sunday.
Apr 23 - 11:48 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that J.D. Martinez (foot) is on track to be activated from the disabled list in late April or early May.

Martinez ran outside on Friday at 40-60 percent effort and his ailing right foot felt better than expected the day after. He'll do more running Monday and doesn't appear to be far off from a rehab assignment. Martinez is making his way back from a sprained Lisfranc ligament.
Apr 23 - 11:45 AM

JaCoby Jones (lip) will undergo another CT scan when the Tigers return home Monday.

Everything came back clean on an initial CT scan when Jones was hit in the mouth with a pitch Saturday, but the Tigers obviously want to be safe here. Jones required nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip.
Apr 23 - 11:29 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored against the Twins on Saturday.

He singled and scored in the second inning and lifted a solo shot in the third. Upton missed time this week due to a bruised forearm but didn't seem bothered by it today. The streaky outfielder has hit well in the early going, batting .272/.385/.545 with three longballs, nine runs scored and eight driven in.
Apr 22 - 8:42 PM

Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored to lead his club to a 5-4 win over the Twins on Saturday.

He drilled a solo home run in the third inning, then smacked an RBI double to center field in the sixth frame. He now owns a .254/.293/.535 slash line with three homers, 11 runs and 11 RBI in 71 at-bats.
Apr 22 - 8:41 PM

Francisco Rodriguez gave up a run in the ninth inning but still managed to lock down the save against the Twins on Saturday.

He surrendered a solo home run to pinch-hitting catcher Jason Castro and gave up a single to Brian Dozier before striking out Joe Mauer for the final out of the game. Rodriguez has been shaky this season as evidenced by his 5.87 ERA but does have six saves in eight chances. He is no longer a relief ace but he should have a long leash in the closer role regardless.
Apr 22 - 8:40 PM

Tigers placed OF JaCoby Jones on the 10-day disabled list with a lip laceration.

Jones needed nine stitches to close a gash in his upper lip and went to the hospital for a CT scan after getting hit in the mouth Saturday against the Twins. Luckily all of his teeth are in tact. Andrew Romine replaced Jones in center field on Saturday and could see extended time there during his absence.
Apr 22 - 8:36 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is hoping Miguel Cabrera (groin) will return from the disabled list as soon as his 10 days are up.

"We're hopeful that 10 days will be enough," he said. Cabrera left Friday’s game with something between a Grade 1 and Grade 2 hamstring strain. It’s been a rough 24 hours for the Tigers with Cabrera and JaCoby Jones both getting hurt, but it doesn’t sound like Cabrera’s injury will keep him out for long. The former Triple Crown winner has hit .268 this year with three homers and nine RBI.
Apr 22 - 8:32 PM

Matt Boyd was ejected from Saturday's game against the Twins after throwing behind Miguel Sano in the fifth inning.

This was retaliation from earlier in the game when JaCoby Jones was struck in the face on a pitch by Justin Haley. Sano had words for Boyd after the brushback pitch and was quickly ejected himself as both benches cleared. Boyd had a mediocre day on the mound, yielding five hits, two runs and three walks in only 4 1/3 innings. He also tallied three strikeouts.
Apr 22 - 5:02 PM

JaCoby Jones was removed from Saturday's game against the Twins after being hit by a pitch in the face during the third inning.

Jones tried to turn out of the way, but the pitch caught him flush in the face. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but there was noticeable blood in the area of his nose and mouth. Expect an update on his status from the Tigers shortly.
Apr 22 - 3:32 PM

Mikie Mahtook is batting second for the Tigers on Saturday against Adalberto Mejia and the Twins.

The Tigers' lineup has been depleted due to injury, which has elevated Mahtook to a premium lineup spot against a left-hander. John Hicks is starting at first base and batting seventh while Dixon Machado draws another start at shortstop and will hit ninth.
Apr 22 - 1:21 PM


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