The Detroit Tigers have some players close to returning from injury
The Detroit Tigers were able to avoid any major injuries for the most part during the first two months of the season. Then the week of Memorial Day happened, and everything changed.
The Tigers lost Eduardo Rodriguez, Matt Vierling, Riley Greene, and Alex Faedo all within the span of a few days. The injury bug has bitten this team once again. The outlook on their season has taken a major hit as a result.
They look like last year's team right now. The pitching has held up surprisingly well so far, but the offense is now somehow even worse than last year, and that's saying something. This was a historically bad offense a year ago, and now it's even worse than that.
Times may seem dire, and they certainly are. However, help is on the way.
Several players, mainly pitchers, for the Detroit Tigers are on the mend, according to the most recent medical update released by the team. Tarik Skubal has already started a rehab assignment for High-A West Michigan and will make another start down there on Friday. When he comes back, that will obviously be a huge boost for the rotation.
Matt Manning threw a live BP earlier this week and could be starting a rehab assignment soon. Beau Brieske is starting a rehab assignment this week as well. The pitching staff is about to get some major reinforcements.
The offense could be getting one soon as well. Kerry Carpenter has been a rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo for over a week now. He's been DHing, but he's just starting to play in the field. If he's able to pick up where he left off, that's a much, much needed boost to the lineup.
Eduardo Rodriguez has already been cleared to play catch as well. He was just placed on the IL last week, so that may be a sign that he could be back sooner than expected. That would be huge for multiple reasons.
So again, reinforcements are coming. The Tigers are just going to have to weather the storm for a bit longer—probably a few more weeks. It likely won't be pretty for a while, but they're going to get healthy at some point.