Grayson Greiner on IT, Tigers forgo Franklin Pérez


DETROIT – While one Tigers prospect Justin Verlander’s trade is about to have his chance at a regular role, another is set to be released.

Jake Rogers will get a stint as the Tigers’ regular receiver, but not for the reasons he or the team would have wanted. The Tigers placed compatriot Grayson Greiner on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with left hamstring strain suffered in Tuesday’s 8-7 win over the Royals.

Both Detroit’s opening list catchers are now on the 10-day IL. Wilson Ramos has been there since last Friday with a strain on his lumbar spine. The Tigers are optimistic Ramos could return as his 10 days come to an end as next week’s series approaches in Seattle, and Greiner could return in a week and a half. Until then, the team will complete their homestand this week with the catching duo that started the year at Triple-A Toledo.

To fill Greiner’s place, the Tigers chose Toledo wide receiver / outfielder Eric Haase. The 28-year-old Detroit-area native, who appeared in seven games for his home side last September, scored a 6-for-17 (.353) strike with two doubles and three RBIs for the Mud Hens until ‘now this season. He will start behind plate Thursday against Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch, but his ability to play on left court gives the Tigers an extra right-handed bat.

“I can see him doing a few things,” manager AJ Hinch said. “And the more he knocks, the more doors will open for him. But from now on, it’s going to be a bit of time-sharing behind the plate with him and Jake, and then if I can mix it up maybe against a southpaw in the outfield or if he’s hot, I’ll find him one. square. . “

Rogers, 26, a No. 14 prospect for the Tigers according to MLB Pipeline, has been considered defensively ready for a big league job in recent years. The question was his offense. He had a two-run single in his debut of the season on Saturday against the Twins, and went 1 for 3 after replacing Greiner in the fifth inning on Tuesday night. This will be his first regular series of games since his first stint in Detroit in the summer of 2019.

“I think his [hitting] the plan was a little better, ”Hinch said. “I think his understanding of what to do has been better. There will always be questions about his consistency until he registers some time here and gets some at-bats. It’s a work in progress, as always, but the catching side has been very clean.

Former best prospect waived

To make room for Haase on the 40-man roster, the Tigers put former prospect Franklin Pérez on unconditional waiver on Wednesday, a day after announcing the right-hander would be undergoing shoulder surgery.

The move, while jarring for someone of their former status, is not entirely a surprise, for procedural reasons. Pérez was one of three prospects to start on Detroit’s 40-player roster, undergoing or recovering from major surgery. Detroit’s No.7 prospect Joey Wentz is on track to return to the pitch this summer following Tommy John’s surgery. Alex Faedo, No.10, is out for a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery last December. None are on the Major League’s injured list because they are said to accumulate serving time.

Pérez has only pitched 27 innings since joining the Tigers as headliner of the Verlander deal on August 31, 2017, and he’s not expected to return until at least next year, when he would no longer be a Minor. League options. If he allows the waivers, the Tigers could try to re-sign him to a Minor League deal to keep him in the organization during his rehabilitation. However, the 23-year-old is reportedly free to sign with any club he chooses.

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