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Detroit Tigers: Best & Worst of April

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BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Jeimer Candelario #46 against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park on April 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 25: Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates his two-run home run with teammate Jeimer Candelario #46 against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park on April 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MA – APRIL 25: Josh Harrison #1 of the Detroit Tigers stands at home plate during a game against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at Fenway Park on April 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won 7-3. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – APRIL 25: Josh Harrison #1 of the Detroit Tigers stands at home plate during a game against the Boston Red Sox during the sixth inning at Fenway Park on April 25, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox won 7-3. (Photo by Rich Gagnon/Getty Images) /

Worst- Josh Harrison

It may seem a bit unfair to include Josh Harrison among the sore spots for the Tigers in April considering he did finish the month on the IL and was heating up before being taken out of commission. However, for much of April, Josh Harrison looked to be like the personification of how slow the Detroit Tigers offense could be.

The 31-year-old didn’t hit his first RBI until April 10th and for a long period failed to get much done in the leadoff spot for the Tigers. With just three RBIs while in the leadoff spot during most of April, manager Ron Gardenhire decided to make a change. In the latter half of the month, Harrison was slotted at the seventh spot in Detroit’s lineup and found some success there. Harrison hit .313 and knocked in four RBIs in just four games while batting in the seven spot.

Despite closing out the month strong before his injury, Harrison currently sits with a dismal .156 BA, the second lowest of any Tigers player that has appeared in at least 15 games this season. Harrison’s current shoulder injury isn’t expected to keep him sidelined for terribly long, and so hopefully once he makes his return he can keep up the pace he was setting toward the end of April.

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