Detroit Tigers Grayson Greiner injured listing; Franklin Perez released
The Detroit Tigers put catcher Grayson Greiner on Wednesday’s 10-day list of injured with a strain on the left Achilles tendon, the team said. He suffered the injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 8-7 win against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.
To occupy Greiner’s place, the Tigers remembered catcher Eric Haase, who also plays the left field, from Triple-A Toledo. Since Haase had to join the 40-man roster, right-handed Franklin Perez – from the 2017 deal with Justin Verlander – was put on unconditional release waivers to make room for him.
Assuming Perez approves the exemptions, it would make sense for the Tigers to re-sign the 23-year-old for a minor league contract. That means Perez would stay with the organization throughout his rehabilitation process. He will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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Manager AJ Hinch is without the starting and replacement catchers he brought to the majors from spring training as Wilson Ramos is not expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list until Monday. He is recovering from a load on the lumbar spine.
The latest appearances Jake Rogers and Haase, who have teamed up for 63 career games at the majors, remain the catchers of the team until Ramos returns. The 26-year-old Rogers met Greiner in the fifth inning against the Royals.
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Greiner has the best batting average of his career of 0.237 in 14 games. He has a home run, five RBIs, a walk and 16 strikeouts. And the 28-year-old is the main catcher for right-handed Casey Mize because of his pitcher-catcher relationship that dates back to spring training.
He entered the season as the team’s substitute catcher. Hinch doesn’t think Greiner’s hamstring injury will force him to miss a significant time.
“It’s just very difficult in this position, especially a lower extremity injury,” said Hinch after Tuesday’s game. “I don’t think it’s that bad, but I think it will be bad enough for us to think about a roster change.”
Haase is 6-on-17 (.353) with two doubles, three RBIs, three walks and eight spikes in five games for Triple-A Toledo. He has three starts in the left field and two starts on the catcher. He played seven games for the Tigers in 2020 and went 3 against 17 (.176) with two RBIs, one walk and six strikeouts.
Haase has 26 MLB games in three seasons. He’s a career .122 batsman with a home run. As in the last three years, Haase excelled in spring training with a batting average of 0.368, three home runs and seven RBIs in 18 competitions.
The other Toledo catcher who deserves a call is Dustin Garneau, who is on the list of injured with a broken wrist. The 33-year-old has played 140 career games with the majors for five teams in six seasons. During this off-season he signed a minor league contract with the Tigers.
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Since the Tigers took over Perez in 2017, he’s only played nine games and 27 innings due to numerous injuries. He was supposed to be promoting High-A West Michigan in 2021, but opened the year on the injured list with a right shoulder capsule defect.
Further tests showed that Perez needed surgery on his right shoulder.
For five seasons in the minor league, Perez has an ERA of 3.56 and a whip of 1.239 in 230 innings in 59 games (45 starts). He posted an ERA of 2.35 in 7⅔ innings in 2019 and finished with an ERA of 6.52 in 19⅓ innings in 2018.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more about the Detroit Tigers and subscribe to our Tigers newsletter.