12:54pm: Tigers fans can breathe a sigh of relief, it seems. General manager Al Avila tells reporters that Manning was lifted not because of an arm or shoulder injury but because he’d become increasingly light-headed and was not feeling well (Twitter link via Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press). It’s not yet clear whether Manning will require an additional rehab appearance due to the fact that today’s was cut short.
11:46am: Tigers righty Matt Manning exited his minor league rehab assignment in the third inning with an apparent injury, tweets Jason Beck of MLB.com. The 24-year-old landed on the injured list due to shoulder inflammation back on April 20 and was making his third start of his minor league rehab stint. Manning, who’d already walked three through his first 2 1/3 frames, plunked Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman before a visit from the trainer that ended with his departure from the game.
There’s no formal word from the Tigers just yet, but further injury for Manning will only add to what’s been a snakebitten rotation in Detroit this year. The Tigers currently have Manning, Casey Mize, Tyler Alexander, Michael Pineda and Spencer Turnbull on the injured list. Turnbull was expected to miss the bulk of the 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer, but the other four are dealing with 2022 injuries — and they could soon be joined by free-agent signee Eduardo Rodriguez, who left yesterday’s start against the Rays in the first inning due to an injury to his left side. Manager AJ Hinch said yesterday that Rodriguez would likely require a trip to the injured list.
Manning was the ninth overall pick in the 2016 draft and, for years, has been viewed as a potential building block on the Tigers’ pitching staff. He was hit hard through 85 1/3 innings during his MLB debut last year, although the majority of his outings were solid in nature. Manning was blown up for six or more runs in four of his 18 starts en route to a 5.80 ERA, but he finished the year with a more palatable 4.43 ERA in his final five outings. He pitched to a 2.25 ERA with four strikeouts, no walks and a 52% grounder rate in eight innings this season but left his second start after two innings due to shoulder discomfort.
The Detroit rotation is in shambles at the moment, though lefty Tarik Skubal appears to be in the midst of a bona fide breakout. He’s being followed by former first-rounder Alex Faedo and rookie Beau Brieske, and it’s not clear just where the Tigers will turn beyond that trio. Long reliever Rony Garcia impressed in relief of Rodriguez yesterday, and the Tigers also have veteran Wily Peralta in a long relief role at the moment. Peralta was a valuable pickup for them last year, making 18 starts and pitching to a 3.07 ERA — albeit with shakier underlying numbers. Down in Triple-A, veteran Chase Anderson has pitched fairly well on a minor league deal, as have 24-year-old hurlers Joey Wentz and Elvin Rodriguez — both of whom are on the 40-man roster.
You have to be f****** kidding. You can’t make this $*** up. Mize, Pineda, Rodriguez, Alexander, Manning all injured. And that is just the starting rotation. Already have used 10 starters this year and we have not even played 40 games.
This team is surely cursed.
This has to be a huge sigh of relief for you guys. Glad to hear he’s not injured. Hopefully it’s nothing like the flu that will keep him down for a bit.
If Skubal tears anything, the Tiger Curse is real. This guy has a shot at being great.
He is a solid type of guy with a strong base, so it should work out nicely. If the Curse spares him.
Yeah, I am really impressed with Skubal. The kid can pitch. He certainly has upper rotation capability.
Skubal just got hit with a line drive, not sure if he’s hurt.
Hit in the leg, looks like he is injured. Let’s hope it’s not serious.
SMH. Can the tigers just close up shop for the season and look to 2023?
For Love of the Game
This is getting ridiculous
Julio Teheran on line 1
put me in the bullpen! for fast, effective relief…
Can we entice you with a shiny new Justice Sheffield? Available 4 cheap. Should have saved Paredes for us
Was surprised the Tigers traded Paredes, but have to give up something to get something.
Paredes had been given so many chances to claim a role with the Tigers, and he just could never make it happen. I’m glad he and a comp pick are all we had to give up for Meadows.
Paredes has been heating up. Excited to see what he’s got. Looked pretty good at the plate.
A bit cocky, too.
Just think, we could have signed Justin and Max to short term deals. Of course it would have jinxed them both
Has AJ Hinch served enough penance?
If he mercifully opts himself out after this year, will there be an uncursed team for him that can win?
Should be. He and Bob Melvin are two of the very best in the game. I salute Melvin for escaping Oakland. He might be just the one who can reach Tatis Jr. when he comes back.
“It really isn’t about you, Fernando.”
“OK, Bob. Someone told me that last year, but I didn’t really hear it like I just did from you.”
Isn’t that how it would go in a Kevin Costner baseball movie?
Is Schoop’s defense as good as the numbers reflect right now? I know defensive metrics are a mess at times anyway, but I find when all agree, usually there’s merit to them. Schoop seems to be running at the top of the field, defensively, and Fielding Bible has him clear at the top. Statcast’s OOA has him in the top bracket of fielders as well.
That’s impressive, man. I mixed up Fielding Bible & OOA off memory, but I didn’t realize he was quite so good with his glove.
I’m actually impressed with how well the pitching has held up so far. In spite of the injuries and the lack of run support they staff is somewhere in the upper half of the AL.
They just seem utterly hopeless at the plate. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Tiger team that was this bad at generating offense. It feels like something of a wasted opportunity.
The Saber-toothed Superfife
See here…this would have NEVER have happened if they had hired the Superfife! NEVER!
AND….I still know how to fix it. Simple.
HEY AL, THIS IS FLIPPIN DETROIT, MAN! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS USE THE TEMPTATIONS, “I Can’t Get Next To You” as the warm up song for the team.
They’ll be feeling so groovy, even if they do hurt themselves, they won’t realize it until next year, man!
Don’t let these guys choose their own songs, THIS IS DETROIT – PLAY DETROIT AND MICHIGAN MUSIC – THOSE GUYS ARE HERE TO LEARN!
LEAD! AL, lead!
Maybe Al needs to learn about Detroit!!!!!!