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  • Jake Rogers Injured On Friday

    Detroit Tigers catcher Jake Rogers (elbow) was removed from Friday's Grapefruit League game against the New York Yankees early after being drilled on his left elbow by a pitch. He was replaced by Andrew Knapp. Hopefully Rogers' injury isn't very serious, as he came into the day hitting a solid .333 (7-for-21) with two doubles, three home runs, three RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base in 11 spring contests. The 27-year-old missed all of last year while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and his fantasy appeal will be limited in 2023 behind Eric Haase in Detroit. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere in two-catcher leagues, as Rogers has a career batting average under .200 in his time in the big leagues.

    Mar 17 · Source via Tigers Jake Rogers
  • Jackson Jobe Shut Down For At Least Three Months

    Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jackson Jobe (back) is expected to miss significant time due to injury. The right-hander will be shut down from throwing for 3-6 months. He's dealing with lumbar spine inflammation after reporting to have back discomfort earlier in the spring. There is a good chance the 20-year-old will miss a majority of the minor league season. He played his first minor league season in 2022 after being drafted as the third overall pick in 2021. Jobe has a bright future ahead of him, but sadly it's going to be slightly derailed for the time being.

    Mar 16 · Source via Tigers Jackson Jobe prospects
  • Tigers Prospects Jackson Jobe, Dillon Dingler Facing Significant Absences

    The Tigers today announced a number of injury updates on some of the minor league players, with Evan Woodbery of among those to relay the info (Twitter links). Per the release, right-hander Jackson Jobe has lumbar spine inflammation and will be sidelined for three-to-six months. Meanwhile, catcher Dillon Dingler received a meniscectomy on his…

    Mar 16 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Dillon Dingler Jackson Jobe prospects
  • Matt Manning Could Benefit From Time In Triple-A

    Even before this spring, Detroit Tigers right-hander Matt Manning's velocity had been wildly inconsistent. He was throwing in the upper-90s in the spring of 2020, but his fastball averaged 93.2 mph last year. Manning's slider can be really good when it's on, but his slider and changeup are almost never in sync on the same day. The former first-rounder was promoted in 2021 despite having an 8.07 ERA at Triple-A, so he could benefit from more time on the farm to open the 2023 season. Meanwhile, Joey Wentz was terrific for the Tigers down the stretch, dominated in the Arizona Fall League and has looked like a more complete pitcher than Manning in camp.

    Mar 15 · Source via Tigers Matt Manning
  • Alex Lange Likely The Tigers' Closer

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Alex Lange got roughed up in his Grapefruit League outing on Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox, but he has looked really sharp at other points this spring. His curveball is one of the best swing-and-miss pitches in baseball and he has everything you want in a closer's demeanor. Trey Wingenter and potentially Trevor Rosenthal could be other candidates to close out games for Detroit, but Lange is likely to open the year as the team's primary closer. Manager A.J. Hinch is unlikely to name Lange his closer anytime soon, but for fantasy purposes, Lange is the one to target in Detroit's bullpen in 2023.

    Mar 15 · Source via Tigers Alex Lange closers
  • Tigers Claim Freddy Pacheco, Place Tarik Skubal On 60-Day IL

    The Tigers announced that they have claimed right-hander Freddy Pacheco off waivers from the Cardinals. To make room for him on their roster, left-hander Tarik Skubal has been placed on the 60-day injured list. Pacheco, 25 next month, is a relief pitcher who was added to the Cards’ roster in November of 2021 to protect…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Freddy Pacheco Tarik Skubal prospects
  • Tigers Claim Freddy Pacheco Off Waivers From Cardinals

    The Detroit Tigers claimed right-handed reliever Freddy Pacheco off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Tarik Skubal (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list. Pacheco has been dealing with elbow tightness this spring, which caused the Cardinals to outright him. The 24-year-old Venezuelan looked good in 50 combined relief appearances between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis in 2022, posting a 3.05 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 12 saves and 84 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched. He'll need to work his way back to full health, but he could eventually become an option for the Tigers' bullpen this year.

    Mar 14 · Source via Cardinals Tigers Freddy Pacheco Tarik Skubal
  • Tigers Reportedly Sign Duque Hebbert To Minor-League Deal

    Detroit Tigers scout Luis Molina reportedly signed Team Nicaragua's relief pitcher Duque Hebbert to a minor-league contract Monday after his performance in the World Baseball Classic's 6-1 loss to Team Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing a double to Manny Machado but striking out Juan Soto, Julio Rodriguez and Rafael Devers. The right-hander has never pitched in affiliated pro ball, but his performance against some of MLB's best hitters clearly caught the attention of the Tigers.

    Mar 14 · Source via Tigers
  • Kodai Senga, Brooks Raley Facing Injury Concerns

    8:02PM: Senga is day-to-day with tendinitis at the base of his index finger, the Mets announced. 5:41PM: Kodai Senga was supposed to make a Spring Training start for the Mets today, but Senga was scratched due to discomfort at the base of his right index finger.  Senga unfortunately isn’t the only Mets pitcher dealing with…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Angels Red Sox Tigers Brooks Raley Kodai Senga closers
  • Injury Notes: Song, Nevin, Rosenthal, Sadler

    Phillies Rule 5 pick Noah Song has been shut down due to back tightness, per Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He’s had an MRI and will be reevaluated next week, but it appears he won’t be ready to start the season. Song, 25, is an interesting case, given he’s spent the past three years…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Mariners Tyler Nevin Trevor Rosenthal Casey Sadler Noah Song
  • Tyler Nevin Sidelined Indefinitely With Oblique Strain

    Detroit Tigers corner infielder Tyler Nevin (oblique) has been sidelined indefinitely at spring training with a left oblique strain. The 25-year-old will start baseball activities once his symptoms subside. The Tigers haven't revealed the grade of his strain or a timetable for his return, only announcing it as a "mild" strain. He has hit .211 (4-for-19) with two home runs, no walks and four strikeouts in seven Grapefruit League games to this point, seeing most of playing time at first and third base. Nevin's injury almost certainly puts him out of the mix for an Opening Day roster spot. When healthy, Nevin figures to be a platoon player for Detroit at both first and third base. He'll be an option mainly in AL-only leagues for his positional versatility.

    Mar 10 · Source via Tigers Tyler Nevin
  • Matt Vierling Dealing With Knee Strain

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Matt Vierling (knee) suffered a right knee strain in spring training earlier this week. Vierling will return to baseball activities over the weekend, but there isn't a concrete timetable for his return to Grapefruit League games. The 26-year-old seems unlikely to miss significant time this spring. He was officially diagnosed with a mild posterior knee muscle strain. Vierling is hitting a strong .467 (7-for-15) with two home runs, a walk and a strikeout in six games to this point. If healthy, the former Phillie projects to have a starting spot in Detroit's outfield in 2023. He's more effective in a platoon role while sitting against right-handed pitchers, so Vierling should only be valuable in deep mixed and AL-only leagues.

    Mar 10 · Source via Tigers Matt Vierling
  • Tigers Notes: Nevin, Ibáñez, Rosenthal

    The Tigers have a couple of injury situations to monitor, as relayed by Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press. Infielder Tyler Nevin removed himself from batting practice yesterday and reported feeling soreness in his oblique. Meanwhile, fellow infielder Andy Ibáñez sprained the fourth finger on his left hand while preparing for the World Baseball…

    Mar 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Tigers Andy Ibanez Tyler Nevin Trevor Rosenthal
  • Trevor Rosenthal Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

    The Detroit Tigers will take their time ramping up relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal in spring training to make sure that he stays healthy. Manager A.J. Hinch didn't put a timetable on Rosenthal's readiness for games and said "Opening Day is not something that's feasible." "It does not matter when he's ready, as long as he's healthy." Rosenthal isn't dealing with any injury currently, but he's had a long list of ailments in recent seasons. The 32-year-old just signed a minor-league deal with Detroit over the weekend. Thoracic outlet syndrome has kept him out of the big leagues since the shortened 2020 season, so it's anyone's guess as to how effective he'll be with the Tigers in 2023.

    Mar 7 · Source via Tigers Trevor Rosenthal
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