On Monday morning, the Tigers announced that closer Shane Greene has been moved to the 10-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, left-handed reliever Daniel Stumpf has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo after completely his rehab assignment.
Greene hasn’t seen a doctor yet according to Jason Beck, but the early diagnosis is of a shoulder strain. He closed out Sunday’s victory over the Toronto Blue Jays with no issues, but sat for much of the past week as the Tigers struggled through an 11-game losing streak. According to manager Ron Gardenhire, Greene admitted the shoulder had been bothering him for a while, and his velocity was down on Sunday. Greene will see a specialist once the Tigers return from their series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday evening.
Shane Greene to DL with shoulder strain. He’ll see a doctor when Tigers return to US. “He said it’s been bothering him for a while,” Gardenhire said, “and his velocity was down yesterday.”— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 2, 2018
Greene’s strikeout-to-walk numbers have been excellent this season, but he’s struggled mightily with the long ball. His HR/9 stands at 1.66, a number over twice what he allowed in 2017. Greene has 19 saves on the season, with only three blown so far, but struggled through a couple of rough outings in June, in particular. He’s also been used heavily at times. Greene closed four consecutive games during the Tigers five-game winning streak in mid-June, and also pitched both games of a double-header earlier this year. He has 38 innings pitched in 39 total appearances, with a 4.03 ERA, a 4.24 FIP, and an RE24 of 1.94.