Earlier this week the Tigers were worried that outfielder Rajai Davis would have to miss the ALDS matchup against the Orioles because of a groin injury suffered in the second-to-last game of the regular season.
Davis has been included on the roster, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that it’s unclear if he’s healthy enough to start Game 1 and his inclusion may simply be the Tigers hoping that he’s ready to play later in the series.
Davis’ status may not seem like a big deal, but he became a key piece for the Tigers after they traded center fielder Austin Jackson to the Mariners. In addition to taking over for Jackson in center field Davis has also hit .282 with a .721 OPS and 36 steals in 134 games.
Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.
“In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.
He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.
“I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”
Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.
“Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.
“I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”