Did Tigers mislead fans about Justyn-Henry Malloy's injury situation?

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The Tigers provided a sort of coded update on top pitching prospect Jackson Jobe last week, when they didn't actually say a word on his status or timeline to return but confirmed that they still planned for him to get to 100 innings by the end of the season. He was pulled from his fifth start in Double-A on May 1 (after he pitched three hitless innings) because of a hamstring issue and went onto the 7-day IL the next day. Although that time has now elapsed, there hasn't been a real update on his progress yet.

Also worryingly update-less throughout the duration of an injury was Justyn-Henry Malloy in Triple-A. The Mud Hens never moved him onto the IL, but he was absent from games from May 3 to May 12 with an "undisclosed injury." He told Jeff Seidel of The Detroit Free Press on Wednesday (subscription required) that he felt good and was "doing a lot of precautionary things," but no one was willing to say what the underlying problem actually was.

It could be that it was a minor enough issue to not constitute a worrying IL stint, but the lack of an update was also worrying in itself, and an eight-day absence wasn't exactly reassuring either.

Justyn-Henry Malloy was missing from the Tigers Triple-A lineup until May 12 with an "undisclosed injury" after his last appearance on May 3

Over 31 games this season, including his Sunday return, Malloy has hit .271/.419/.449 with 10 doubles, three home runs, 16 RBI and, very importantly, 27 walks — the same amount as Tigers walk leader Riley Greene, with far fewer strikeouts in about as many games. His injury also interrupted a nine-game hit streak, during which time he also had six RBI.

Malloy and Jace Jung are both vying for their MLB debuts this season, and while Jung has been hitting very well, Malloy has the edge based on performance on the field and in the Tigers' needs in the majors. Malloy's versatility at third and the outfield, which are both in need of help with Gio Urshela's injury and Parker Meadows' demotion, would make him a perfect piece to add to the Matt Vierling/Andy Ibáñez/Zach McKinstry rotation.

Malloy reappeared in the lineup without much fanfare and his injury proved to be minor, but it also wouldn't have killed the Tigers to give us an update, would it?