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May 23, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein (53) pitches in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lobstein

You can easily point to Justin Verlander or Miguel Cabrera as being the most detrimental Detroit Tigers injury this season, but another one that could have easily cost them ball games was the loss of Kyle Lobstein.

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  • Twice now in his young career, the Tigers have called on Lobstein to step into the rotation and fill humongous holes. It was Verlander’s rotation spot that Lobstein found himself in on the team out of Spring Training. He gave the Tigers seven quality starts in his eight appearances before going down with an arm injury in May.

    That led to the never-ending stream of pitching prospects such as Kyle Ryan, Buck Farmer and others not yet ready to contribute on a major league level. Lobstein was not perfect–carrying a 4.34 ERA to the DL in May, but he was certainly better than anything else the Tigers threw up in his place.

    Lobstein has struggled in Toledo and one appearance in Detroit since coming back from injury last month. It will take him some time to get completely right and a full off season will no doubt help.

    I would be shocked not to see Lobstein on the Opening Day roster next year, likely with an edge on Shane Greene for a rotation spot in 2016.

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