The injury comes exactly a week after JaCoby Jones suffered a fractured left hand in Milwaukee off an inside fastball from Phil Bickford. Unlike Jones, however, Schoop appears to be fine after X-rays showed no structural damage.
“He's fine,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “They did X-rays and all those pictures on him, and everything's good. He grabbed me as we were doing the [postgame handshakes] and said, 'I'm in tomorrow.' So I'd say that's good.”
Schoop, signed last December to a one-year contract, has been arguably the most important hitter in Detroit’s bounceback season, batting .297 with a team-high eight home runs, 22 RBIs and an .859 OPS. His 1.2 bWAR also leads the team.
Schoop, facing one of his former teammates from his brief tenure in Milwaukee in 2018, had a 2-1 count leading off the fourth inning when Houser lost a 92 mph sinker inside. The pitch missed Schoop’s lead hand but got him on the other, sending him hunched over in pain. Isaac Paredes pinch-ran for him before Sergio Alcántara shifted from third base to second to replace Schoop in the field.
The Tigers were already missing Jones, first baseman C.J. Cron and shortstop Niko Goodrum with injuries. For Cron, the season is over, and Jones has been expected to miss the rest of the season as well. Once Schoop left Tuesday, the Tigers had rookies at second and third base and shortstop, while converted third baseman Jeimer Candelario has been starting at first since Cron’s season ended.
Stewart optioned to Toledo
The Tigers still had a roster move after Tuesday’s win, despite good news on Schoop. Outfielder Christin Stewart was optioned to the alternate training site in Toledo, Ohio. The former first-round MLB Draft pick was batting .171 (14-for-82) this season with three home runs, nine RBIs and 27 strikeouts.
“We're just trying to get him swinging,” Gardenhire said. “He's just not getting hits. We all think this guy can hit. He'll get plenty of at-bats down in Toledo.”
The Tigers will make a corresponding move tomorrow, but Gardenhire hinted that another prospect could be on the way.
“I think that'll be a fun thing for Tiger fans,” Gardenhire said. “You'll have to wait and see.”