Tiger’s injury fortunes take a turn for the worse with Casey Mize, Javy Baez

The Detroit Tigers received some rough injury news on Saturday as Casey Mize could be out for a while and Javy Baez is playing despite pain.

Baez admitted he was injured on opening day after hitting a walk-off double to defeat the Chicago White Sox. Javy has been sidelined for the past few days and will continue to do so for the rest of the Royals series. If he isn’t ready to start a series against the New York Yankees after a day off Monday, the Tigers face a tough decision.

“It’s really difficult with the thumbs. Bubic is going to throw us a ton of cutters today. I can send him out there and make everyone feel better at the start of the day. But one swing can take us back 10 days.” said AJ Hinch of Baez.

Casey Mize, however, is a very different looming distraction.

Tigers get bad news about Casey Mize, Javy Baez

Mize was put on the 10-day injured list with an elbow problem, which has since been diagnosed as a medial collateral ligament sprain. He needs to continue to seek advice from doctors, but the first step is to remain inactive for 7-10 days.

“It was more when I woke up this morning,” Mize said. “I leave that to the doctors and coaches. I don’t want to play the what-if game. I think this is a bad place to be. We will have more replies in the next few days. I’m just trying to wait until then, honestly.”

Hinch was blunt to reporters, stating he didn’t know how serious an injury was. Pitcher elbow problems can keep them away for weeks or months. Tommy John surgery is obviously the worst possible outcome, but the goal is to avoid it at all costs.

The Tigers hope they picked up Mize’s injury early on.

“I don’t know how important an injury is,” Hinch said, “other than knowing it would be at least a start, which puts him on the injured list. We’ll run through the battery of tests and hope for the best. Maybe it’s just a little bump in the road and he’ll feel better in the coming days.”

Overall, this isn’t the news Hinch and Detroit were hoping for, especially for one of the more promising young arms in all of baseball. Tiger’s injury fortunes take a turn for the worse with Casey Mize, Javy Baez

John Verrall

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