Detroit Tigers: Ian Kinsler headed to disabled list, Chad Bell optioned
By Ben Rosener
Detroit Tigers fans will see a slightly different-looking team. The team announced in a tweet on Saturday morning that Ian Kinsler is headed to the disabled list, while Chad Bell has been sent to Triple-A.
Detroit Tigers players will be without Ian Kinsler for the time being.
The second baseman previously appeared in Friday’s loss, entering as a pinch-hitter for Alex Avila. The veteran would draw a walk o seven pitches, but would exit the game before the start of the next half inning.
Fellow infielder Dixon Machado later replaced Kinsler at second base, finishing the game at the position.
Andrew Romine, who started at second on Friday, shifted over to first base.
The Tigers were largely without Kinsler on Saturday, and they’ll continue to be without the All-Star.
Detroit’s official Twitter account announced in a tweet on Saturday morning that the second baseman will go on the disabled list.
The team’s official Twitter accounted tweeted the following:
"“The Tigers today have optioned LHP Chad Bell to Triple-A Toledo and placed 2B Ian Kinsler on the 10-day DL with a left hamstring strain.”"
Kinsler is hitting .239 in 181 plate appearances this season. Despite the low batting average, the veteran is still drawing a decent number of walks, with a .331 on-base percentage and a walk percentage of 11.
Overall, his WAR sits at 0.7.
The second baseman has also contributed a .365 slugging percentage, a 94 wRC+, a .310 wOBA and a .126 ISO.
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One of the reasons for his low batting average is likely due to a .260 BABIP. That number is one of the lowest numbers on the Tigers’ roster so far this season.
Additionally, Kinsler has chipped in with 30 runs scored, 20 walks, 11 RBI, six doubles, four home runs, a triple and a stolen base.
The Tigers will also be without left-hander Chad Bell, who heads to Triple-A Toledo.
Bell pitched 2.1 innings in Friday night’s game, surrendering three runs, two hits, two walks and a home run.
While the outing wasn’t the best, Bell has provided the Tigers with some quality innings so far, allowing just three runs in 10 frames.
The hard-throwing southpaw also surrendered six hits and five walks over the same span, but did punch out seven.
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