Detroit Tigers' Casey Mize eyes throwing program; Austin Meadows reports to Lakeland

Right-handed starter Casey Mize is preparing to start a tossing program for the 2nd time considering that the Detroit Tigers positioned him on the hurt list April 15 with an ideal elbow sprain.

The strategy is for Mize, the 2018 No. 1 general choice, to start his tossing program this weekend or early next week. The initial step is playing catch at 60 feet, so the Tigers aren’t sure when he might begin a rehabilitation task.

“He has reported that he’s felt as best as he’s felt so far,” supervisor A.J. Hinch stated Thursday, after divulging that righty starter Matt Manning, after suffering a brand-new injury, will not pitch for the foreseeable future. “That’s a good sign.”

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Tigers right-hander Casey Mize pitches versus the Pittsburgh Pirates throughout Grapefruit League action at LECOM Park Saturday, March 19, 2022 in Bradenton, Florida.

For now, Mize is tossing soft-shell plyo balls in the training space.

The Tigers sent out Mize to back to Lakeland, Florida — house of the Tigers’ spring training center — in mid-May to continue the earlier part of his rehab. The 25-year-old hasn’t pitched in a video game considering that his May 10 rehabilitation start for Triple-A Toledo.

Mize stopped working to tape 3 outs, permitting 3 work on 4 hits and tossing 16 of 29 pitches for strikes. He could not “go full throttle in bullpens or competition,” Hinch stated May 14, so the Tigers did not permit him to make a 2nd start for the Mud Hens.

“We’re going to slow him down a little bit,” Hinch stated May 14. “We’re treating the symptoms.”

Before the elbow injury, Mize made 2 starts for the Tigers. He published a 5.40 period with 2 strolls and 4 strikeouts in 10 innings.

Tyler Alexander

Left-handed starter Tyler Alexander is trending in the best instructions.

Hinch stated Alexander finished “a good two innings” in live batting practice Thursday in Lakeland. After tossing a bullpen, the 27-year-old will begin Monday for Triple-A Toledo.

The Mud Hens are playing the Guardians’ affiliate, Columbus in Ohio.

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The Tigers sent out Alexander to the hurt list May 2 with a left elbow sprain. He got 4 starts prior to he was sidelined, signing up an 8.76 period with 5 strolls and 9 strikeouts in 12⅓ innings.

Austin Meadows

Outfielder Austin Meadows, got 3 days prior to Opening Day from the Tampa Bay Rays, went to the hurt list May 15 due to the fact that of vertigo. He formerly handled a non-COVID disease and an inner-ear concern.

The 27-year-old reported to Lakeland on Tuesday for the very first time considering that signing up with the hurt list.

Tigers left field Austin Meadows catches a line drive hit by Twins first base Miguel Sano during the fourth inning on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Minneapolis.

Tigers left field Austin Meadows captures a line drive struck by Twins very first base Miguel Sano throughout the 4th inning on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Minneapolis.

“It’s his third day in a row doing physical activities, hitting off the high-velocity machine in the (batting) cage,” Hinch stated. “He did a little bit of running today on the turf field. Simulate a little bit of a spring training day. That’s a good sign. That’s the most activity he’s done with no symptoms to date.”

Meadows anchored the Tigers’ offense through 28 video games, striking .267 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 11 RBIs, 12 strolls and 14 strikeouts. He struck 27 crowning achievement last season for the Rays and was an AL All-Star in 2019.

Also in Lakeland, outfielder Victor Reyes (best quad pressure) and right-handed reducer Jose Cisnero (best shoulder pressure) are making development. Reyes is working on flat ground, while Cisnero is tossing bullpens.

Eduardo Rodriguez

Left-handed starter Eduardo Rodriguez played catch Thursday at Comerica Park, including the 60-90 foot variety. The Tigers put him on the hurt list May 22 with a left ribcage sprain.

Rodriguez did not report any signs.

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Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez leaves the game against the Rays with the trainer during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tigers beginning pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez leaves the video game versus the Rays with the fitness instructor throughout the very first inning of a baseball video game Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The 29-year-old need to finish full-speed tosses at 120-150 feet — an activity called pulldowns — prior to the Tigers clear him to pitch off the mound. He left his May 18 start with one out in the very first inning due to the left-side injury.

“Once he gets on the mound,” Hinch stated, “we can pick up the pace pretty quickly, because of the limited time that he’s been down, he can jump right back into volume.”

Rodriguez, signed to a five-year, $77 million agreement in November, has actually logged 8 starts this season. He owns a 4.38 period with 17 strolls and 34 strikeouts throughout 39 innings.

Will Vest

A favorable COVID-19 test sent out right-handed reducer Will Vest to the hurt list May 20, however he has actually considering that produced back-to-back unfavorable tests. Those results, together with no signs, permitted him to go back to the Tigers’ clubhouse.

He requires to use a face mask up until Monday.

“Now he’s got to slowly build himself back up,” Hinch stated. “He’s going to do a little bit of throw work today. We don’t have an extended period of time, but we do have the opportunity for five or six days to get him back on his feet, get him into a rehab game in Toledo before we will reinstate him.”

Tigers pitcher Will Vest pitches against the Athletics during the seventh inning of the Tigers' 5-3 loss on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Comerica Park.

Tigers pitcher Will Vest pitches versus the Athletics throughout the seventh inning of the Tigers’ 5-3 loss on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Comerica Park.

Vest is anticipated to appear in either a couple of rehabilitation video games for the Mud Hens. Whether he requires a couple of getaways depends on how he reacts to boosting his throwing Thursday and Friday.

The 26-year-old has actually been among the Tigers’ finest reducers this season, with a 2.12 AGE, 4 strolls and 22 strikeouts over 17 innings in 14 video games out of the bullpen. He notched his very first MLB conserve May 13.

“He was able to play catch twice with a wall, so it’s not technically playing catch,” Hinch stated. “But he was able to throw, so hopefully he’s not too far behind. Now I worry about oblique issues, worried about the shoulder, worried about hammies, groins, everything because he’s been shut down.”

Joey Wentz

Joey Wentz, a left-handed pitching possibility, left Wednesday’s start for Triple-A Toledo after his 3rd pitch in the 3rd inning. The 24-year-old was drilled in the shin by a comebacker, which ended his efficiency at 52 pitches.

The excellent news: Wentz will not miss out on a start.

“X-rays negative,” Hinch stated. “Everything was fine. He’s cleared to do whatever.”

Wentz, who made his MLB launching May 11, is a prospect to sign up with the Tigers as the 27th gamer in order to begin among the video games in Tuesday’s doubleheader versus the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park.

He is the Tigers’ No. 11 possibility, according to MLB Pipeline.

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