Outfielder Riley Greene will endure what the Tigers described as a “surgical intervention” on his ailing proper elbow tomorrow, in accordance with a crew announcement. Greene has been on the 10-day injured record because of elbow irritation since September 2, although as we speak’s announcement referred to the harm as a sprain.
The precise nature of the process isn’t identified, as whereas it can absolutely carry Greene’s 2023 season to an official finish, it isn’t but identified if he’ll be prepared for the beginning of Spring Coaching. As famous by a number of Tigers beat writers, the surgical procedure seems to be considerably exploratory in nature, so Greene’s standing received’t be identified till medical doctors have had an opportunity to entry and restore no matter injury exists.
Between the elbow drawback and a stress response in his left fibula earlier this season, Greene has been restricted to 99 video games and 416 plate appearances in his second MLB season. When wholesome, nevertheless, Greene confirmed a number of the type that made him the fifth total choose of the 2019 draft. Greene hit .288/.349/.447 with 11 house runs and 51 runs scored, in addition to seven stolen bases in as many makes an attempt. A .384 BABIP absolutely contributed to this manufacturing, however Greene additionally made loads of arduous contact, and his .344 wOBA was notably decrease than his .363 xwOBA. His public defensive metrics in heart area have been beneath common, however it stands to cause that Greene’s glovework may enhance with higher well being in 2024.
The hope is clearly that Greene’s elbow drawback isn’t overly severe, and that the restoration course of received’t eat up a lot of his common offseason work and preparation for subsequent yr. Whereas the Tigers are headed for one more shedding season, issues have considerably circled in Motown after their completely dismal 2022 marketing campaign. Most of the crew’s younger pitchers have returned from the accidents that marred the 2022 season, and Greene, Spencer Torkelson, and Kerry Carpenter have supplied some spark to a lineup that also figures to be an offseason focus for enchancment.
In different Tigers harm information, Alex Faedo was positioned on the 15-day IL because of a blister on his proper center finger. Faedo may have the ability to pitch once more this season since his placement is retroactive to September 16, however it appears likelier that the righty is likely to be achieved for 2023. Faedo has a 4.45 ERA over 64 2/3 innings this season, beginning 12 of his 15 video games and transferring right into a multi-inning inning aid position in September.