Tigers news: Kerry Carpenter to 10-day IL, Andy Ibanez called up, among other news
The Detroit Tigers announced a bunch of roster moves this morning
The Detroit Tigers made a slew of roster moves ahead of today's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles. The first move was Kerry Carpenter being placed on the 10-day IL with a right AC joint sprain. He crashed into the right field wall while making a nice catch on Thursday night.
The second move was Andy Ibanez being called up from Triple-A. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Matt Manning was placed on the 60-day IL. Zack Short was also named as the 27th man for the doubleheader today, so he'll go right back to Toledo after today.
Let's start with Carpenter. He was diagnosed with a grade 1 sprain of his AC joint, which is the mildest version of that sprain. It sounds like he shouldn't out too long. It is unfortunate because he was probably the team's best hitter so far this year.
Ibanez was off to a very good start in Triple-A. He was slashing .297/.418/.609 with five home runs and a 160 wRC+ in 79 plate appearances. He was walking almost as much as he was striking out. He definitely earned the call-up.
Now let's get to Matt Manning. It's just unfortunate that he can't stay healthy. We orginally thought he wouldn't be out that long with this foot injury he suffered after being hit by a comebacker a couple weeks ago in Toronto. He didn't seem too concerned about, saying, "it's just a foot."
He's got to be so frustrated. He also said he doesn't have time to be hurt because he needs innings. He's still developing, but he can't because he just can't stay on the field. You have to feel for Matt Manning.
With Carpenter on the IL, the Tigers also don't have very many true outfielders on the roster. Akil Baddoo, Riley Greene, and Matt Vierling are the only players who are outfielders by trade. However, Ibanez, Zach McKinstry, Tyler Nevin, Nick Maton, and Eric Haase all have experience in the outfield, albeit very limited experience.
One more piece of news we got this morning was that Beau Brieske felt soreness during a live BP session. He's been rehabbing from a right ulnar nerve entrapment. The Tigers really wanted to develop Brieske as a power long reliever, but this injury has really hampered their ability to do that.
It took a minute, but the injury bug has finally hit the Detroit Tigers. Hopefully they can weather the storm a bit here.