The Detroit Tigers were able to snap a six-game losing streak on Monday night against the Angels in Anaheim, but now will be without a key corner outfielder for the next few games.
In the bottom of the fifth inning in the Detroit Tigers’ 7-2 win over the Angels on Monday night, Detroit left fielder Christin Stewart crashed into the left-field wall trying to track down a home run ball from LA’s Kole Calhoun. Now, as reported by Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers have placed Stewart on the 7-day IL for concussion protocol.
Fenech also reports that Victor Reyes is likely to replace Stewart in the outfield, as the Detroit Tigers flew him out to Anaheim on Monday just in case Nicholas Castellanos was unable to play due to abdominal tightness. Reyes has bounced back and forth between Triple-A and the majors a fair amount this year and is batting .236 with four RBI in 16 big-league games with the Tigers this season.
With the trade deadline looming nearer than ever, the Tigers will likely need to replace another outfielder by the end of Wednesday, as all signs point to Nicholas Castellanos being traded. If that ends up being the case, expect Niko Goodrum or Brandon Dixon to take over in right field for the immediate future.
Fortunately, Stewart’s injury should not keep him away from the Tigers for long as he should miss just a week. The 25-year-old Stewart has been inconsistent at times this year but has shown he has the potential to become an everyday hitter in Detroit’s lineup with some more work, with a .239 BA and 33 RBI so far this season.
Detroit Tigers fans know that this team’s roster is going to look pretty different within a matter of days. Temporarily losing Stewart brings just one of many roster shake-ups that are to come throughout this week, but hopefully, it lasts just seven days and Christin plugs right back into the lineup in the matter of a week.