The Detroit Tigers have placed outfielder Riley Greene on the 10-day injured list due to a stress fracture in his left fibula. MRI scans revealed the fracture late last night, and the team is now scrambling to fill the gap in what was otherwise a very promising start to May.
Greene had been expected to be a key player in the Tigers’ outfield this season. After being called up from the minor leagues at the beginning of April, he quickly became one of the team’s most dependable hitters. He is currently batting .248 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
Unfortunately, the Tigers will have to soldier on without him for the moment. They are already down another outfielder, as Matt Vierling is on the IL with back soreness. Accordingly, the team is expected to call up Jake Marisnick from the minors to assume the role of fourth outfielder until Greene makes his return.
Though neither injury bodes well for the Tigers, their current 15-11 record in May is still sufficient for second place in the American League Central. They are, however, two games behind the Twins for first place.
It will be interesting to see how the team responds in the absence of two key players. Depending on how severe Greene’s injury is, it is possible that he could make a speedy recovery and contribute again as early as mid-June. Until then, the team’s depth will be tested in ways it hasn’t been before, and their ability to stay near the top of the AL Central will depend largely on just how well they can weather the storm.