The Detroit Tigers get a much-needed boost to their lineup
The Detroit Tigers are a very injured bunch right now. They have lost six games in a row due in part to said injuries. Today, they got someone back from injury for a change.
OF/DH Kerry Carpenter returned from an AC-joint sprain and was activated off the 10-day IL. Tyler Nevin was sent back to Triple-A Toledo as a corresponding move.
Getting Carpenter is a much-needed boost to this lineup. He was one of the few players actually hitting for some power before he injured his shoulder while robbing a home run at the end of April.
Carpenter was slashing .217/.280/.464 in 75 plate appearances before the injury. He got 40 plate appearances in Toledo during his rehab assignment, and it didn't go very well for him. He slashed just .171/.275/.286 with one home run. That's obviously pretty bad, but the Tigers likely felt they couldn't afford to wait for him to get into a grove again considering their recent offensive struggles.
Carpenter has only recently started playing in the field again. He is still getting going there. He mostly DH'd down in Toledo, and will be doing that in tonight's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He's still getting back into a groove, but Carpenter should still give this lineup a much-needed jolt. He actually has the ability to not only make contact, but hit the ball out of the ballpark. Hopefully he can get going again soon.