The news is not good. While fans spent much of the day wondering when Javier Báez and Robbie Grossman would return to action, baseball had something else brewing. The Detroit Tigers placed starter Casey Mize on the 10-day injured list Friday evening with a right elbow sprain.
Mize put together a decent outing against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday, but it didn’t look good below the surface. The young right-hander only struck out two hitters and didn’t look sharp at all. He managed to avoid big damage, ultimately tossing five innings of two run ball, but it was a performance that drew more concern than anything. However, there were certainly no concerns than an injury was in play. So far, a sprain is the diagnosis, but Mize is undergoing further testing to determine the best course of action.
Casey Mize has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain. He is going through further tests right now.— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) April 15, 2022
In a corresponding move, the Tigers have promoted outfielder Daz Cameron from Triple-A Toledo. Cameron travelled with the club to Kansas City in case he would be needed to take over corner outfielder Robbie Grossman’s spot. Now he’s on the roster, and the Tigers will have five days until Mize’s next scheduled start to find his replacement.
There are some options. Veteran right-handers Michael Pineda and Wily Peralta have been building up after missing spring camp to lockout delayed visa issues. Neither have thrown many innings in an outing, but either could probably make a short start without accelerating their progression too aggressively. Pineda was expected to take over the rotation spot currently occupied by Tyler Alexander, but the lefty seems likely to stick in the rotation for the time being, while Pineda and/or Wily Peralta fill in for Mize.
The Tigers have placed RHP Casey Mize on the 10-day IL with a right elbow sprain.— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) April 15, 2022
OF Daz Cameron has been recalled from Triple A Toledo.
There was quite a bit of other injury news on Friday. Derek Hill has been assigned to Low-A Lakeland for a rehab assignment, and is expected to be ready shortly.
Robbie Grossman remains day-to-day, but manager AJ Hinch was optimistic on Friday afternoon. It sound like Grossman could even be available Friday night against the Royals, but either way should be ready sometime this weekend.
Tigers OF Robbie Grossman (hip/groin) continues to feel better and make progress.— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) April 15, 2022
"He's not in the starting lineup, but we'll see if he's available today. All signs are pointing the right direction," manager A.J. Hinch said.
Finally, shortstop Javier Báez displayed a swollen right thumb to reporters and revealed that it was initially jammed during the celebration of his walkoff single on Opening Day. Playing through it, he then jammed it again, the swelling intensified, and the Tigers needed to let it heal up somewhat to avoid a prolonged issue that affects him for weeks.
Javy Báez’s showed us his right thumb in the clubhouse. Still pretty swollen but X-rays have come back clean.— Cody Stavenhagen (@CodyStavenhagen) April 15, 2022
Báez said he initially jammed the thumb somehow in the Tigers Opening Day celebration. Jammed it again during a game.