The Detroit Tigers have offered some clarity on Riley Greene's injury.
The Detroit Tigers have had to deal with a pile-up of injuries as of late, including several arms and two of their outfielders. The team even opted to go out and trade for Jake Marisnick, leaving them a veteran outfielder to mix into the outfield while they are without two regulars.
One of the big blows of this week for the Detroit Tigers was that the team is without Riley Greene. After a home run robbery on a ball hit by Jake Burger, there has been some speculation that he sustained an injury.
He exited a game against the Chicago White Sox early and was later deemed that he had a stress fracture on his left fibula. Indeed not good news for the Tigers. Though, after undergoing a second opinion, the diagnosis was changed and is now listed as a stress reaction.
It's a less severe degree of the injury, which is still a problem. Though, being a stress reaction, it could allow Greene to get back on the field sooner than if it were indeed a fracture. However, The Tigers will still be without Greene for the next 4-to-6 weeks, given his fibula injury.
The big speculation about the robbery causing the issue has also sparked some questions about the safety of the players as they crash into the walls. It was noted that Kerry Carpenter sustained an injury after robbing a home run from a ball sent to deep right field by Ryan Mountcastle.
The Tigers made changes to the outfield fence this season and made some ballpark renovations. However, there have been questions about the cushion of the new walls versus the firmness that seems to be an issue with Tigers players crashing into it.
While the clarity about Greene's injury is good information and should make folks in the Tigers fanbase exhale a bit, it's still an injury that will take time and certainly does raise some questions moving forward.
Greene will be taking some time off to rest up and recover before getting back on track, but an injury to the Tigers' breakout star sucks, especially since he is having a fantastic season with a .296/.362/.443 slash line over 203 at-bats in 52 games played in 2023.
Given all of this, could it spark a discussion for some more changes to the outfield fence after the 2023 season concludes?