Hot on the heels of news that pitcher Matt Moore would miss the rest of the 2019 season, the Detroit Tigers announced on Thursday that outfielder Christin Stewart would be heading to the 10-day injured list after suffering a right quad strain.
Stewart left Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with what was then called a quad “spasm” after he slipped on the field while trying to catch a sacrifice fly. It was a game was plagued by weather woes, with fans being told to leave their seats over lightning concerns, while the players continued to take to the field.
Earlier Thursday morning when press asked manager Ron Gardenhire about the potential of Stewart being placed on the IL, Gardenhire wasn’t ready to say how bad the injury was.
Gardenhire said it was too soon to tell if Stewart will need to go on IL. MRI wasn't clean, but they are still calling it a spasm. "He walked in limping and he walked out limping. So we're just going day by day right now."— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) April 18, 2019
For Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Dustin Peterson will take Stewart’s place in the outfield, but the Tigers have already made a move, adding Brandon Dixon to the roster for the remainder of Stewart’s IL stint.
Dixon, who previously played with the Reds, is hitting .174/.174/.239 in Toledo and is 8-for-46 at the moment with a single home run. Stewart, who Detroit fans mostly acknowledged for his clutch home run success, was hitting .222/.313/.519.