Tigers News: Injury update on top prospect, NFL Draft in Detroit, Spencer Torkelson

Detroit Tigers v Minnesota Twins
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It's all happening in Detroit this weekend. The Tigers are returning home from a pair of road trip series wins against the Twins and Rays, and the 2024 NFL Draft has taken over the streets downtown for the first time in NFL history. With the 24th selection, the hometown Lions took cornerback Terrion Arnold in day one of the draft on Thursday, while the Tigers were traveling back from Tampa Bay to take on the other young, upstart AL Central team based in Kansas City starting on Friday.

The Tigers are still fighting uphill battles most game days, but there's still a lot to be excited about for this team and the city. Down in A-ball, some good news: No. 6 prospect Kevin McGonigle, who started the season on the IL with a hamstring strain, returned to the Lakeland Flying Tigers' lineup and knocked a single for his first RBI of the season.

At only 19, still at least three years away from his major league debut, McGonigle has a journey ahead of him, but with how ubiquitous injury is throughout a players' career, it might be good that he's getting it out of his system now.

Detroit Tigers news: Kevin McGonigle injury update, NFL draft, Spencer Torkelson clothing line

Downtown Detroit will be buzzing all weekend thanks to the city playing host to its first ever NFL Draft. The Lions broke an over 20-year playoff win drought last season, when they made it all the way to the NFC championship and lost it in a heartbreaker to the San Francisco 49ers.

The resurgent Lions should hope that some of that excellence rubs off on the Tigers, who look a lot better than they have in years, but are still in a division ruled by the unexpected Guardians, who have the second-best win percentage in baseball behind the Braves.

Tigers News: Spencer Torkelson introduces passion project

For your feel-good story of the day, Spencer Torkelson is debuting a clothing line in partnership with Detroit-based brand KiwiClo, benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Torkelson's mother is a Type 1 diabetic; he cited the growing cost of insulin as a concern for him and the desire to help make insulin more affordable to kids.

The line drops at noon on Friday, April 26, ahead of the Tigers' first game against the division's second-place Royals, who will certainly be giving the Tigers a run for their money this season, as they fight for their own best finish since winning the World Series in 2015.