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Tigers’ Jordy Mercer returns to the injured list, Christin Stewart recalled

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The Tigers lose their shortstop but add a big bat back into their lineup.

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The Detroit Tigers announced on Thursday that shortstop Jordy Mercer has been placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 8. His spot on the 25-man roster is spoken for, as the club has also recalled outfielder Christin Stewart from his rehab assignment with the Advanced-A Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Mercer’s injury is reported as a right quad strain, the same issue that initially landed him on the injured list in mid-April. The issue kept him out of action for two weeks, and Mercer was only reinstated on April 30. He has struggled at the plate since his return, and the move will give him the opportunity to get back to 100 percent before returning to action. He and his double-play partner, and long-time Pittsburgh Pirates teammate, Josh Harrison have had trouble putting early season injuries behind them, but the Tigers have options in Gordon Beckham, Brandon Dixon, and the red-hot Ronny Rodriguez to fill the void.

Stewart has been on the 10-day injured list since April 18 with his own right quad strain. In his rehab assignment over the past week, he played six games for the Flying Tigers, posting a .950 OPS. He should return to the Tigers lineup by Friday at the latest.