The Tigers placed starter Tarik Skubal on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to yesterday, due to arm fatigue. The southpaw left his start on Monday after feeling the fatigue, and he’ll now be out for at least the next two weeks. Skubal indicated on Monday he didn’t anticipate missing any additional starts. That obviously won’t be the case, but there’s no indication the club is acting out of anything more than an abundance of caution in skipping a couple of his turns through the rotation. Detroit’s already looking ahead towards 2023, and there’s little reason to press the issue with one of their top young arms unless he’s completely healthy.
Few players in the organization are as impactful as Skubal, who has taken a significant step in his second full MLB season. Through 117 2/3 innings, he carries a 3.52 ERA with an above-average 24.5% strikeout rate and 45.7% ground-ball percentage. Skubal has demonstrated strong control, and, perhaps most importantly, is allowing just 0.67 homers per nine innings pitched. He allowed more than two homers per nine last season, the main contributor to a 4.34 ERA that’s almost a run higher than this season’s mark.
Some other notes on injured list placements:
- Pirates closer David Bednar landed on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to July 31, due to lower back inflammation. There’s no specific timetable for his return, but Pittsburgh director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk told reporters that Bednar had been pushing to pitch through the issue (via Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). That’d seemingly indicate the 27-year-old Bednar doesn’t consider the issue too serious, but the club is taking a cautious approach. Bednar has cemented himself as one of the sport’s top relievers this season, his second with the Bucs after heading over from the Padres in the Joe Musgrove trade over the 2020-21 offseason. The big right-hander has a sub-3.00 ERA in both seasons as a Pirate, including a 2.70 mark with an excellent 33.5% strikeout rate through 46 2/3 frames this year.
- The Marlins placed outfielder Avisaíl García on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. Designated hitter/first baseman Garrett Cooper was activated from a minimal IL stint of his own to take the active roster spot. The club hasn’t provided a timetable on García’s absence. Signed to a four-year deal over the offseason, García has had a rough first season in South Florida. Across 342 plate appearances, he owns a meager .232/.269/.322 line with seven home runs — a marked drop in power production from last year’s 29-homer campaign with the Brewers. The 31-year-old is also striking out at a career-worst 27.8% clip and walking in only 3.8% of his trips to the dish. Miami had hoped that multi-year free agent signings of García and Jorge Soler would invigorate a lackluster offense, but both right-handed hitters have underwhelmed during their initial seasons of those deals.
Did everyone else see Avisail Garcia underperforming after signing his contract ?
It’s an even-numbered year, that’s why.
no doubt next season Garcia will show all doubters he is back then tank in 2024.
It’s that whole lineup. Offense is down league wide, but the Marlins are dragging down the totals with team wide failure at the plate. It’s a shame because Alcantara is so special. The game tonight was very impressive. I’m surprised they chose not to move Lopez or another starter to get a bat.
They would have massively butchered the Lipez deal b/c they cant get value in trades. The rumors for what they considered are incredibly asinine. The Marlins at times have had enough offense. They’ve struggled with a bunch of injuries. They did need 1-2 bats; I’m not denying that, but the primary issue has been a god awful, comically abhorrent bullpen that hasnt seen a lead it cant blow, which somehow got worse after being almost as bad last year
I thought it was a good sign, and that Garcia would continue to hit, he posted a .330 season a while back, this is a down year for sure hopefully he finds his stroke when the Marlins pitching staff is at full strength.
I’m glad they kept Lopez, Sixto Sanchez should be back next season, and Braxton Garrett looks like he’s going to be good too, four front line starters, and Meyer on the mend. Two seasons to put the bats together.
Sixto Sanchez is a myth
Yes…especially b/c I wanted them to sign him 4 years ago for $12 million, and they thought it was too much then, and also b/c they refused to give Starling Marte $40 million, and then gave him $53 million. You had to know it would slap the Marlins in the face, as always
So the Tigers wanted to trade Skubal because they knew something.
Don’t think they wanted to trade him unless they were overwhelmed in a deal.
I don’t think they would trade 4.5 years of team control because of arm fatigue.
Tigers were never going to trade Skubal. Why would you trade the only bright spot you have?
Nobody is untouchable. I believe they would have traded him if a deal made sense, similar to the Nats trading Soto.
C Yards Jeff
@notagain27; agreed. When I read that article here on MLBTR, I immediately thought of the used car dealership bait and switch tactic. Gettem in door and mention “oh by the way, Manning and Mize are available as well”.
I heard the Marlins actually somehow had chances to move Garica in a bad contract swap, and cant believe they didnt take those chances. Even the Ozuna rumor would have been a good play for them. Ozuna makes more money for the same amount of years remaining on their deals, but they may have been able to get Atlanta or someone to pay the difference, or got something in addition for that, and at least Ozuna has a better chance to turn it around, and has power they could use. The fans here also actually like him, so it could be a message to them, even though he obviously isnt the same as he was in the past, especially defensively. That wasnt the only option for a contract swap though. Obviously I know they have OFers ready to come up, which is why Garcia and Soler shouldnt have been signed in the first place, and that isnt in hindsight. Those are things I said before they happened, and I’m far from the only one
That brings the Tiger starter pitchers to zero.
C Yards Jeff
@GarryHarris; brutal year, just brutal. Question. Why not just shut him down for the year? And do the same with Manning after he gets about a 1/2 dozen or so post rehab starts in?
Instead of signing Garcia and Soler they should have signed Starling Marte.
Have forgive Tigers fans if they feel the worst regarding Skubal. His stay on the IL, no matter how long it is, means that every Tigers starter at the beginning of the season has spent some time on the IL.
And all their replacements are on the DL.
For Love of the Game
And Faedo, Brieske, Alexander, and Garcia, all the next five except Drew Hutchison!
Skubal is now their tenth starting pitcher to go on the IL this season. Just Amazing!
And Wendt ended up on the minor league IL after his 27th man start in a double header.
As to Hutchinson, he wasn’t injured but we did release him twice, so there is that.
Glad we held on to Bednar. Looking like the pen will be a major strength long term with the additions of Holderman and Oviedo. Now it’s time to start focusing on getting some higher end SP arms into the rotation from the minors.
The Pirates always have absurdly good closers for a team that never wins.
I know the Marlins stadium isn’t a great hitters park but Garcia has no power at all this season, Soler has only slightly been better. That contract is not going to age well
“Don’t hurry back”
Avi Garcia on the IL will be as productive as Avi Garcia in the lineup.
Its actually more productive