When Detroit Tigers think Nomar Mazara (belly pressure) could return
As soon as the Triple A season kicks off on May 4th, the Detroit Tigers plan to add outfielder Nomar Mazara, who has recovered from a strain on his left abdomen, to the Toledo Mud Hens lineup.
Mazara, who turns 26 on Monday, is expected to return to the majors around May 9, General Manager Al Avila said in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sunday. (The team has a rest day on May 10th.) He was injured on April 14th while swinging against the Houston Astros in the fourth inning.
The Tigers put Mazara on their 10-day casualty list on April 15. He is currently located in Lakeland, Florida, the home of the team’s spring training facility.
“We hope to see him play in Toledo again at the beginning of the minor league season,” said Avila. “Hopefully we can get it back by May 9th, something like that.”
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Detroit has a 1-8 record with no Mazara in the lineup. On Sunday, the Tigers restored the first baseman / batsman-designate, Miguel Cabrera, to the 10-day list of injured. He hadn’t played with a left bicep since April 10th.
But they are still without Mazara.
“When he was in the line-up, it stabilized the middle of that order,” said Avila. “Since he’s no longer in the line-up, we probably have a little more struggle.”
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In 12 games, Mazara is 9 against 38 (.237) with two home runs, five RBIs, two walks and seven strikeouts. He has played seven games in right field and four as a designated batsman.
The Tigers signed him for a one-year contact worth $ 1.75 million this winter. He had a mean of .228, a homer and 15 RBIs in 42 games for the Chicago White Sox last season.
“We still thought he had a lot of headaches and he showed that,” said Avila. “He was heating up when he was injured on a swing. We hope to get him back and that should stabilize the middle of the line-up. Hopefully we have something for the future too.”
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.