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Jose Valverde Injury: Sprained wrist likely won't require DL trip

Papa Grande Jose Valverde was healthy enough on Sunday, anyway
Papa Grande Jose Valverde was healthy enough on Sunday, anyway

When Jose Valverde was looking so put out in the Tigers' bullpen after suffering an injury while warming up in the eighth inning Tuesday, it was easy to fear the worst. His body language just looked bad. It's possible he dodged the worst.

The Tigers on Wednesday declared Valverde's injury to be a right-wrist sprain that will require protection but hopefully only a couple of days of rest.

Kevin Rand told the media (quoted by MLB.com's Jason Beck):

"We're just going to treat him day to day and go from there.

"We're not thinking it's a long-term situation."

Valverde said that he felt such pain after throwing a warm-up pitch that he could not move his fingers, but the wrist was feeling better on Wednesday.

Again via Beck, Valverde said:

"Something simple, I'd never shut it down. But last night, I couldn't do anything."

So, hopefully this is indeed a day-to-day injury. However, given how many Tigers players, both this year and in the past, have gone from day-to-day to the disabled list, it's hard to feel too confident that Papa Grande could be back within a few days.