Detroit Tigers: Candelario optioned to Triple-A
After the Houston Astros finished off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 5-1 win on Wednesday night, the Tigers optioned third baseman Jeimer Candelario to Triple-A Toledo.
The Detroit Tigers decided to send third baseman Jeimer Candelario down to Triple-A Toledo following Wednesday night’s loss to Houston. The loss marked a sweep for the Astros over the Tigers in a three-game series where pretty much nothing went right for Detroit.
As Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reported on Twitter after Wednesday’s loss, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire claimed the move was being made because Candelario needs time to “find himself.”
Candelario has played in 37 games for Detroit this year and is currently hitting .197 with 9 RBIs and 44 strikeouts. Though not playing up to his full potential, the move was not one that most Tigers fans were expecting.
In the most recent series against the Astros, Candelario went 1-4 and scored a run in the series opener on Monday and then was left out of the lineup in Tuesday night’s 11-4 loss. The “Candy Man” then went 0-4 with two K’s in Wednesday’s series finale before being told he would be moving down to Toledo.
As MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports, Detroit is yet to announce who exactly will be taking Candelario’s place on the Tigers’ roster. However, it does seem likely that it could be Willi Castro taking Candelario’s place.
Castro has appeared in 31 games for the Mud Hens this year and is putting in solid work at the plate. The switch hitter has knocked in 13 RBIs for Toledo and currently carries a .317 BA.
The Detroit Tigers choosing to send Candelario down to Toledo certainly comes as a surprise to many Tigers fans. Though he certainly was not playing to his maximum potential, Candelario seemed to have cemented his place as a regular in the big league lineup. Hopefully, this move gives Jeimer some time to refresh and get back on track and return to the Motor City better than before.
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