Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene set to undergo intervention surgery

Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene set to undergo intervention surgery.

Detroit Tigers center fielder Riley Greene (31) drives the ball for an extra-base hit here.
Detroit Tigers center fielder Riley Greene (31) drives the ball for an extra-base hit here. / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene set to undergo surgery.

The Detroit Tigers have been without Riley Greene for some time, as he sustained an elbow injury after making a diving catch, laying out in the outfield. Greene was patrolling centerfield when he was able to lay out and make an exceptional catch.

He made a highlight-reel catch and it was great in the moment. However, he had to come out of the game, and the Detroit Tigers announced he was dealing with an elbow injury. On top of that, Greene had to seek further opinions on the injury before moving forward, sort of stalling things a bit longer.

After some time, a new announcement came about with regard to the Tigers' young outfielder. The Tigers have announced that he will have to miss the remainder of the 2023 season, albeit there are not many games left on the schedule.

Per the Tigers announcement, Greene will have to undergo surgery on his elbow, though it's not Tommy John Surgery or something to repair the injury. It was considered an exploratory surgery, listed as a surgical intervention.

According to Cody Stavenhagen on Twitter/X, the doctors wanted to pursue this surgery to get a better feel for the extent of the injury. With time on their side, as the off-season is nearing for the Tigers, it seems like an intelligent move for Greene to undergo surgery.

If they can pinpoint exactly what treatment is needed or the extent of the injury is, they can attack it this off-season with the hopes of Greene ending up ready to go for the 2024 season. However, the main point is that Greene's 2023 season is officially over, and the Tigers will have him undergo this surgery to pinpoint a better plan of attack for the injury.

Greene's 2023 season finishes with 99 games played. He slashed .288/.349/.447 with 19 doubles, four triples, and 11 home runs to his credit. He drove in 37 runs this season while swiping seven bags as well. He struck out 114 times while walking 25 times.

There's a ton to be excited about with the future of the Tigers outfield, knowing Greene is going to be a fixture. He just needs to get healthy and come back out in 2024, looking to make a statement. In his first two seasons as a Tigers outfielder, he's shown plenty to like and has taken some steps forward.

For Greene, he has the potential for a bright future here in Detroit, but for now, the focus will be on getting him healthy once again.

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