Versatility a plus with absences piling up early on
The Detroit Tigers saw quite a change in their roster back in the beginning of the 2021 season. The Tigers have seen their first baseman, Miguel Cabrera, make the Injured List (IL) with a bicep load that has been a problem for the veteran in the past.
This means that Detroit Tigers has recalled Renato Núñez to take on the role of the team’s first baseman and batsman designate. However, this is just one of the injuries that has already occurred. Julio Tehran has problems for the pitching staff and is out for the foreseeable future.
Right-handed Spencer Turnbull tested positive for COVID-19 at the start of the season and is yet to make his Motor City debut in 2021. It may not be an injury decimation like that of the New York Yankees, who in some seasons wiped out nearly half of their offenses along with arm injuries galore.
However, the injuries have slowly built up, regardless of whether the injuries are minor or not. The Tigers are prepared for that, and the ability to move players and the added versatility was a boon to the team early in 2021.
The Detroit Tigers had to use their versatility to tackle the injuries in early 2021.
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When it comes to pitchers, the team should be running, or at least starting, a six-man rotation for the 2021 season.
Since Turnbull was not on the team in the fight against COVID-19 and then rehabilitated at the alternative training location, this did not happen.
Now that Turnbull is nearing his return, it seemed like this might be a possibility.
Then Tehran suffers its injury and the Tigers are no longer in position for it. However, the versatility of the pitching staff allows them to fill gaps in the rotation.
For now, it will be Michael Fulmer who is returning to the rotation after being slated for a bullpen role at the start of the 2021 season.
Fulmer wants to secure a secure place in the rotation, but had no chance.
In 2021 so far, Fulmer has made three appearances totaling seven innings, with an ERA of 2.57 and a whip of 0.57. All three appearances were off the bullpen, but now he’s going to join the rotation.
While the pitching team seems to be getting better, the Tigers can easily fight through adversity thanks to the versatility of the starters in the bullpen.
When it comes to the Detroit Tigers’ offensive, they also showed versatility early on.
Offensively, Cabrera’s injury leaves a hole on the right side of the field in the first base and line-up. Cabrera returned to first base for the 2021 season but is now in the IL battling his bicep strain.
Along with utility players like Niko Goodrum and Harold Castro, the Tigers have moved players and will fight Cabrera’s injury in that regard. Jonathan Schoop re-signed with the Tigers this off-season after playing the 2020 season in Detroit.
Schoop is being moved to the first base, which was talked about when he signed with the team again this off-season. There is also the option of moving Jeimer Candelario from the third to the first base. Renato Núñez’s recall also means he can play the first base for the Tigers.
The moral of the story here is that the Tigers have options and can adjust to the absences on either side of baseball. Having this ability is a clutch for the team. While the team is being rebuilt and it isn’t, versatility is a must to win games. it’s nice to have.
Hopefully the injury bug stays away, and the few absences are all the Tigers get out of it.