Detroit Tigers: Time to be worried about Ryan Kreidler

Detroit Tigers infielder Ryan Kreidler (32) throws across the diamond.
Detroit Tigers infielder Ryan Kreidler (32) throws across the diamond. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It's time to worry about Detroit Tigers infielder Ryan Kreidler.

The Detroit Tigers had an injury bug once again. They have been dealing with a plethora of injuries on both sides of the ball. The latest update, though, provides some less-than-ideal news regarding infielder Ryan Kreidler.

The Detroit Tigers medical update listed that Kreidler had to undergo core muscle surgery and will miss the next six weeks. He has not been the most durable player during his tenure, and there might be some cause for concern.

He had just started a rehab assignment three weeks ago and was working through a return-to-play progression, rehabbing in the minors. It's been nearly two months that he had been dealing with the injury and then working into the rehab assignment before the unfortunate news.

Kreidler played all of 11 games with the Tigers in 2023, where he has hit only .111 with seven punchouts over 18 at-bats. He had played in 8 games with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .300/.382/.600 in his 30 at-bats down there.

But, with the latest news, it might be time to start worrying. It's not that Kreidler was considered the shortstop of the future or even a big-time asset, but he had some value, and the Tigers were excited about making him a part of the team moving forward.

But, in 37 career MLB games with 102 plate appearances, Kreidler has slashed .165/.220/.209 with just two extra-base hits. This comes amid having a 29:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Certainly, not numbers that would have me super fired up about what's to come.

Given the surgery, Kreidler is going to be out once again. He may have undergone surgery on June 6th, but there will be a six-week recovery period. The Tigers should start considering other prospects to rely on.

It's time to be worried about Kreidler in the long term when it comes to durability and just ability to find consistency at the big league level. I hate to pull the chord on a guy with 102 MLB plate appearances, but it has not been pretty.

As he started to ascend through the organization, I was excited about what Kreidler might bring to the table and thought he would have some value as the team squeezed him into games. But with injury troubles plaguing back-to-back seasons and the inability to stay healthy, I'd be slightly worried in the long run.

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