The Detroit Tigers placed catcher Grayson Greiner on the 10-day injured list with a low back strain following their embarrassing 13-4 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Friday evening. Greiner did not play on Friday, but caught all nine innings of Detroit’s loss to the Kansas City Royals in Omaha, Neb. on Thursday.
Replacing Greiner on the 25-man roster will be catcher Bobby Wilson, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo. To make room for Wilson on the 40-man roster, righthander Tyson Ross was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Ross, who has had setbacks in his return from an elbow injury, is not eligible to return to game action until July 12, the first day after the All-Star break.
The Tigers also optioned lefthander Ryan Carpenter to Triple-A Toledo, and have recalled lefthander Gregory Soto. Carpenter gave up eight runs (six earned) on eight hits in three innings against the Tribe on Friday. It was his third start of four innings or fewer for the Tigers this year. Soto will presumably start for the Tigers on Saturday against Cleveland, though the weather forecast for a 6:10 p.m. start time. Soto has an 11.52 ERA and 6.89 FIP in four starts for the Tigers this season. His numbers in the minor leagues are slightly better, and he struck out eight hitters in 5 2⁄3 innings for Triple-A Toledo in his last outing, on June 8.
Through 43 games this year, Greiner is hitting a paltry .162/.231/.279. He has five home runs on the season, but just 20 more hits to his name, including three doubles. He has walked at a respectable 7.7 percent clip, but is also striking out in one-third of his plate appearances. He has been slightly below-average defensively; FanGraphs has graded him at -1.7 pitch framing runs, and his 29 percent caught stealing rate is a hair above league average (28 percent).
Wilson played in five games for the Tigers back in 2016, when the Tigers acquired him from the Texas Rangers at the end of spring training. Detroit was the first of three teams he would play for that season; the Tigers traded him back to Texas in May for franchise legend Chad Bell, and Wilson moved on to Tampa Bay for 28 more games at the end of the season. Wilson last appeared in the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2018, hitting .178/.242/.281 in 151 plate appearances.