Keep track of the Tigers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.
July 1: RHP Alex Faedo optioned to Triple-A Toledo; RHP Michael Pineda reinstated from 15-day injured list
The Tigers, who have been operating with a four-man rotation for the last couple weeks, optioned out one starter to bring back another. In Faedo’s case, the team is watching his workload in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent just 18 months ago.
“We’re trying to lengthen out Alex’s season coming off Tommy John,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re asking a lot out of him. So the more that we can give him extra rest, the better.”
Faedo is expected to start one of the doubleheader games on Monday against the Guardians, then do the same for the Tigers’ July 11 doubleheader at Kansas City. -- Jason Beck
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (personal)
Expected return: TBD
The Tigers have had no recent communication with Rodriguez, according to manager A.J. Hinch.
“It's been pretty quiet, and we've respected his privacy and just tried to wait for his camp to give us some direction on what's ahead,” Hinch said. “So we don't know. We know he's safe. We know he’s home with his kids. We know he's back in Florida. But it's been pretty quiet. ... Obviously we want him to be OK. We want him to be in a good place. We want everything to settle around him, but we can't really make any considerations until we know exactly what's at hand.” -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
10-day and 15-day IL
OF Austin Meadows (left and right Achilles strains)
Expected return: Possibly by All-Star break
Meadows, who was transferred from the COVID injured list to the 10-day IL on June 28, returned to Detroit on July 1 instead of going on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo as was previously hoped. The Tigers don’t believe the injury will be a long-term issue.
“I think it just came with getting back into baseball things and shoes and spikes and running,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s going to be here for the next few days getting some treatment with our people and hopefully ramping up baseball activities to where he can get out [on a rehab assignment] as early as midweek.” -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
RHP Matt Manning (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Manning has stretched out his throwing program to 150 feet and is expected to throw off a mound this weekend at the Tigers’ Spring Training complex. -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
RHP José Cisnero (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: Possibly July
Cisnero began a rehab assignment on June 30 at Single-A Lakeland, where he allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning. His fastball and sinker averaged 93-94 mph, according to Statcast. He’ll report this weekend to Triple-A Toledo, where he’ll likely have at least a handful of rehab appearances before the Tigers reinstate him. -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
RHP Kyle Funkhouser (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: Possibly late August/September
Funkhouser has progressed his throwing program to 150 feet and is on track to throw off a mound within the next week.
“It’s been super-slow on purpose,” manager A.J. Hinch said of the rehab, “because we can’t afford another setback. If we have another setback, he’s out for the year, so we’ve steadily built his tolerance to long-toss. If all goes well off the mound then we will build a Spring Training program for him as well, but I certainly don’t see that in the month of July. So we’re looking at a month away still, even if things were perfect … but I love the fact that he’s fighting through the rehab and responding.” -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
C Jake Rogers (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Late 2022
The Tigers hope to get Rogers out on a rehab assignment within the next month or so. He started a throwing and hitting program at the Tigers’ Spring Training facility last month and has resumed swinging. -- Jason Beck (Last updated: July 1)
RHP Spencer Turnbull (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Possibly late 2022
Turnbull has started a throwing program at the Tigers’ Spring Training facility. -- Jason Beck (Last updated: June 24)
RHP Casey Mize (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return: Possibly 2023
The 25-year-old right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday in Dallas, performed by Dr. Keith Meister. Mize's ulnar collateral ligament is still intact, but a visit with Meister showed it has stretched to the point that it has lost elasticity. -- Jason Beck (Last updated: June 16)