UPDATE: Not only have the Tigers removed Shane Greene from the rotation, they demoted the 26-year-old to Triple-A.
(Reminder: “Too soon to talk Cy Young for Tigers’ Greene?” was an actual article in the Detroit Free Press less than two months ago.)
Six months and 13 starts after acquiring Shane Greene from the Yankees the Tigers may be considering demoting him from the rotation.
Greene is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that manager Brad Ausmus “was noncommittal on that assignment” and referenced a potential “decision to be made.”
Greene went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his first three starts for the Tigers despite an underwhelming 11/5 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Since then he’s 1-6 with an 8.60 ERA in 10 starts.
Greene has good raw stuff and missed plenty of bats for the Yankees as a rookie last season, but he’s managed just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings for the Tigers and has particularly struggled versus left-handed hitters. Justin Verlander is coming off the disabled list to make his season debut Saturday, possibly giving the Tigers reason to reconfigure the rest of the rotation.
There’s no two ways about it: Aristides Aquino is having a rookie year for the ages. The hot-hitting Reds outfielder tacked another item onto his already lengthy list of accomplishments on Friday, clubbing a two-run, 396-foot home run off of Adam Wainwright in the sixth inning of the Reds’ 13-4 loss to the Cardinals.
The blast came far too late in the game to upset the Cardinals’ nine-run lead, but was otherwise perfectly timed for the rookie. It marked his 10th career home run in just 16 major-league games, officially making him the fastest MLB player to 10 homers in league history. (On a less-thrilling note, it was also the first home run allowed by the Cardinals in 32 2/3 consecutive innings.)
So far in 2019, Aquino is batting a robust .353/.400/.961 with 11 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, a 1.361 OPS, and 0.8 fWAR through 55 plate appearances. Friday’s feat follows other impressive performances from the 25-year-old, who collected three homers against the Cubs last Saturday and tied Trevor Story‘s previously unbeaten record for most homers through his first 10 career games. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon adds that Aquino’s torrid home run pace also eclipsed the standing record held by the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins, who delivered nine home runs through his first 16 career games in 2017 (per Elias).