As expected, the Tigers will place Tyler Nevin on the 10-day injured list to begin the season. Nevin suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain a little less than three weeks ago, making it doubtful that the 25-year-old would be fully recovered in time for Opening Day. However, it is possible Nevin won’t miss much time, as Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters (including Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press) that Nevin is on pace to start a rehab assignment this week.
Even a brief IL stint isn’t an ideal way for Nevin to begin his tenure with his new team, as he was only acquired by the Tigers in a swap with the Orioles back in December. Nevin’s ability to play both corner infield and outfield positions makes him an interesting commodity on Detroit’s roster, as this versatility and Nevin’s right-handed bat made him a natural platoon partner or complement to such left-handed batters as Austin Meadows, Akil Baddoo, Nick Maton, or Kerry Carpenter.
More on other injury situations around baseball…
- Luis Severino is another player headed for a season-opening IL stint, as the Yankees right-hander has suffered a lat strain. This particular injury is a concern given that Severino missed over two months of the 2022 season with another lat strain, but the pitcher told reporters (including Greg Joyce of the New York Post) that this strain in lower in his back than last year’s problem and doesn’t seem as serious. Severino suggested that he could miss “three or four starts,” but a more specific timeline isn’t known, since “I’m going to be a little bit cautious, but I think the Yankees are going to be more cautious than me.” Last summer, Severino expressed both surprise and public displeasure with the Yankees’ decision to shift him from the 15-day to the 60-day IL, as he expecting a quicker return to action.
- Brewers right-hander Adrian Houser left his spring outing yesterday due to groin tightness, and the club will further examine his status today. The same injury bothered Houser both earlier in Spring Training and at the end of last season, resulting in an IL stint. Considering the recurring nature of the groin problem and the close proximity to Opening Day, it certainly seems possible the Milwaukee could start Houser on the IL once more. As the odd man out of a deep Brewers rotation, Houser had been tabbed for a relief role to begin the season, with the understanding that he is also the team’s unofficial sixth starter in the event of an injury.
- Ranger Suarez played catch on Friday and Saturday, telling Alex Coffey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that his left arm still had some tightness but no pain. In general, Suarez felt “nothing too bad” and his forearm was doing “better.” Despite this fairly positive update, it still seems unlikely that Suarez will be able to avoid an IL trip given how the Phillies will probably be cautious with a case of elbow inflammation. The left-hander was projected to be either the third or fourth starter in Philadelphia’s rotation this season, but with his likely absence for part of April, Bailey Falter will step into that vacancy in the starting five. Matt Strahm or Michael Plassmeyer could take the fifth starter job, as top prospect Andrew Painter, Cristopher Sanchez, and Nick Nelson are also battling injuries.
- The Cubs haven’t yet decided how they’ll replace Seiya Suzuki on their season-opening roster, as Suzuki will need a 10-day IL stint after missing the last month of Spring Training due to an oblique strain. Suzuki is making such steady development in his rehab work that even though he’ll miss some time during the regular season, it may not be all that much time. “Whether you are trying to put somebody on the [40-man] roster that’s not on it or trying to fill a gap for 10 days is a big deal,” Cubs manager David Ross told Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times and other reporters. “And it’s a big decision. We have so much talent and a lot of depth here. We would like to keep as much as we possibly can because of the long journey we’re about to start.”
At least Detroit is finally done with Miguel Cabrera’s sorry ass after this season.
For Love of the Game
You keep saying that. Don’t you have anything meaningful to say?
Oh the one that used to be a Marlin???
Do you have anything nice to say about anyone? Why don’t you change your name to Marlin trigger happy fan you miserable POS.
They REALLY need to fix the Mute button on this phone app.
You’re literally a Marlins fan saying that.
The Deputy Mayor of Rush Street
and an anti-dodgers fan before that and an alleged braves fan before that and the ‘voice of reason’ long before that…dude changes his name and makes new accounts more often than i change my underwear
Motor City Beach Bum
Yeah his “sorry ass” pretty much had more WAR than the whole Marlins team for years after that trade. He could sit in a lawn chair at 1B and drink beer the whole season and I’d be okay with it. He has earned it and we’re not going to the playoffs. The fans deserve a chance to see a first ballot hall of fame one last time.
Cabrera’s contract has paid for itself just in merchandise sales and him being face of franchise. Any production by him was just a bonus. Yes his production dropped dramatically, as did the lineup protection around him. Most Tigers fans look forward to getting to see Miggy in his final season and have fond memories of him as a Tiger and nearly a decade of being contenders.
Looking forward to what likely will be a neck and neck race between the Crew and the Cards all season. Brewers talented and deep pitching versus Cards powerful and deep offense. I think the Cards defense has the edge over the Crews anemic offense if I had to gauge where the difference will lie, so I have to give the overall edge to the Cardinals by a game or two over the entire season. Injuries, or lack thereof will surely be a big factor. Should be a fun season regardless! Go Crew!
I agree Kripes. The Cardinals strength on offense beats the Brewers pitching advantage by a bit. Think we also need to factor in the Cardinals better defense (in the infield at least). I think both teams could be given a scare by the Cubs this year.
HAHAHAHA!! Brewers competing to win the division?!?!?!? You’re hilarious!!!!
I think both teams will win around 87-90 games baring any injuries with the 2nd place team being in one of the wild cards. The central isn’t a pushover and the Cubs should be near 500 or so too.
The Yankees shifted Severino to the 60-day IL last year as they had a large lead and they wanted him healthy for October. Different circumstance here as they’ll want him back as soon as possible, so no 60-day IL. Regardless, probably not back until early May.
The Yankees front office, players, and fans are probably saying or thinking, Where is Sears and Waldichuck when you need them?
It will be interesting to see how the Tigers handle 3B this year. Maton looked capable, but Hinsch played him all over instead of leaving him at 3B. Will they play Nevin, Kreidler, Short or Schoop? I’ll be watching whether Candelario out performs what ever they get out of the position. Never should have cut him!
Motor City Beach Bum
They list Nevin as a platoon option for left handed OFs. Vierling will soak most of that up. Kreidler and Hernandez should soak up the IF at bats, with their decent spring. I don’t see Nevin grabbing a spot, barring injuries. Like @stymedone said Maton has looked good this spring, but I too liked Candelario and would have liked to see him back. Maton still would have fit at 2B or as a Utility IF.
“The Cubs haven’t yet decided how they’ll replace Seiya Suzuki on their season opening roster”
Derrick May? Tuffy Rhodes? Scott Bullett? Kal Daniels?
Junior Lake? Felix Pie? Brett Jackson?
You guys are not Cub fans..why the sarcasm. I’m predicting Mike Tauchman as the Suzuki replacement. Morel like Nelson Velázquez needs more minor league at bats to become more consistent. Btw, I spent the past weekend in Arizona following the Cubs. Sundays win was awesome and Suzuki might be the player who gets the Cubs into the playoffs!
Now that’s SARCASM!
I think the best option would be Wisdom in right field with Rios at third but with them, Swanson and Bellinger in the line up at the same time we could easily be looking at 15 k’s per 9 average.
Severino; the Byron Buxton of pitchers.