Jordy Mercer is on his back to the Tigers’ lineup, as the club announced that the veteran shortstop will be activated from the 10-day injured list before tomorrow’s game. In a corresponding move, the Tigers have sent infielder Ronny Rodriguez down to Triple-A.
After signing a one-year, $5.25MM deal last winter, Mercer’s first half of the 2019 season has essentially been a total wash. He has appeared in only 19 games and posted 69 plate appearances (with a meager .593 OPS) due to two separate IL stints with right quad problems, and hasn’t appeared in a Major League game since May 7. Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire described Mercer’s issue as “an acute-on-chronic” strain a month ago, and Mercer’s rehab process was subsequently halted.
After appearing in seven rehab games for Triple-A Toledo over the last week, Mercer has been deemed ready to return. Given the seemingly chronic nature of his injury, the Tigers could choose to take it easy with the shortstop in the short term or even over the remainder of the season to prevent further injury.
Niko Goodrum has seen the bulk of the work as Detroit’s shortstop over the last month, and should now move back into his usual super-utility role all over the Tigers’ lineup.