After being removed from the game during a 9-6 victory against the Minnesota Twins last Friday, Niko Goodrum was placed with on the injured list with an aggravated left groin. The tweak occurred while running to first base during the third inning of that match, exacerbating an injury that first showed up during the previous Tampa Bay Rays series, causing him to miss four games as a result.
The latest news, as revealed by Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire, is that Goodrum is dealing with an adductor strain, a much less severe injury than a tear which would have been the worst case scenario. The prognosis has Niko out for between 10-14 days, leaving a return to the team in 2019 a possibility if all goes well.
Goodrum is batting .248 with an OPS of .743 for the Tigers in 2019, with 12 home runs, 45 RBI and 12 steals also to his credit. He currently leads all team position players with 1.9 fWAR and has been solid in the super-utility role all season. Niko had been relatively injury-free during his tenure with the Tigers up until this most recent ailment.
Niko Goodrum has an adductor strain -- no tear -- and will be out 10-14 days, per Ron Gardenhire.— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) August 27, 2019
Whether he returns in 2019 remains an open question.
"We'll see," Gardenhire said.