The Tigers announced this afternoon that right-hander Matt Manning has been placed on the injured list, retroactive to April 17th, with right shoulder inflammation. Fellow right-hander Angel De Jesus was recalled in a corresponding move.
Manning had been pulled from his most recent start with discomfort in this throwing shoulder. A few days later, manager AJ Hinch provided an encouraging update, saying that the news from further testing was “as positive as it could be” and that there was no structural damage. Despite that good news, the club is going to let Manning sit for a few days and rest his arm.
The club had an off-day on the 18th and has another coming up on the 25th, meaning that it’s possible Manning will only miss one start. After two starts this year, he has a 2.25 ERA in eight innings. He only has four strikeouts in that time but hasn’t allowed a single walk yet. The 24-year-old is looking to build off of a rookie campaign last year where he threw 85 1/3 innings of 5.80 ERA ball.
As for De Jesus, he was selected to the 40-man roster in November to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, which was later canceled after the lockout. As soon as he gets into a game, he will be making his MLB debut. The 25-year-old has already thrown four innings in Triple-A this year, allowing three earned runs, with five strikeouts against no walks.
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Not really much of a surprise. Matt pairs a good fastball with a really nice curveball. The Tigers aren’t going to win the division this year so there is no reason to push young arms this early in the season. Get well, and stay well Matt!
Really unfortunate start for Tigers starting pitchers. Similar to last year
A little frustrating but certainly understand the Tigers being uber cautious with him and Mize. There is a lot of this going on around the league, with pitching injuries. Not sure if is more of a problem this year than in past years but seems like it with the short spring training.
Yeah, that’s an understatement…It does seem to be hitting certain teams harder than others, but I guess that’s to be expected. I agree though, a strong contributing factor is the shorter training period. Hope he gets well soon as I was looking forward to seeing a strong season out of this kid.
De Jesus might have been almost the last healthy pitcher on the 40-man roster who could have been called up. Elvin Rodriguez was sent down a few days ago and the rest is either injured or in a rehab-like state (like Wentz and Faedo).
I believe this is true, although he’s been used as a reliever for the past couple years. With two of our starters now on the IL, Pineda will probably have to be rushed up and we’ll be piecing together a bullpen game at least once per week.
A rushed preseason.how’s conditioning?
Regardless of which pitchers are out there, unless the Tigers start hitting it won’t matter how healthy they are.
Man, are the Tigers pathetic at the plate.