Injuries & Moves: Ingram claimed by Mets

February 25th, 2024

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Feb. 25: LHP claimed off waivers by Mets
The Tigers had just claimed Ingram, their 37th-round pick from the 2019 Draft, on waivers from the Angels on Feb. 5. He reported to Major League camp when it opened last week, but was designated for assignment for another waiver claim on Feb. 20. The 27-year-old has averaged 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings in his Minor League career with a 93 mph fastball, low-80s slider, changeup and cutter.

Feb. 25: OF TJ Hopkins cleared waivers and outrighted to Triple-A Toledo
Hopkins was claimed off waivers from the Giants on Feb. 20, but was designated for assignment after one day in camp to open a 40-man roster spot. He batted 7-for-41 in 25 games last year for the Reds before the Giants acquired him in December. The former ninth-round Draft pick hit .308 with 16 homers, 55 RBIs and a .924 OPS in 94 games for Triple-A Louisville.

Feb. 23: OF strains left hamstring in drills
Carpenter quietly pulled out of baserunning drills Thursday morning after reporting an issue to the Tigers’ athletic training staff. He was diagnosed with a mild left hamstring strain and will spend at least the next few days doing rehab work and will progress back to baseball activities as tolerated.

“If you’re going to get any sort of missteps, so to speak, the beginning of camp is better than later,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He came around second during the baserunning drill we were running [Thursday] and felt a little bit of soreness, so we pulled him out. It’s precautionary until we get him further evaluated. I don’t know at this point what it impacts, other than you won’t see him this weekend. We’ll see how long it goes.”

Feb. 22: 3B signed to one-year contract; OF TJ Hopkins designated for assignment
Urshela gives the Tigers a veteran option at third base and a quality bat against left-handed pitching, having hit .290 off southpaws for his career. His deal includes a $1.5 million base salary and up to $500,000 in incremental incentives, consisting of a $100,000 bonus for 500, 530, 560, 590 and 620 plate appearances this season.

Hopkins had just arrived in Tigers camp on Wednesday, having been claimed off waivers from the Giants. He now waits to see whether he clears waivers and is outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.

Feb. 17: Acquired LHP from Padres for $500,000 of international bonus pool money
The deal was essentially a reallocation of resources. The Tigers had money left in their international bonus pool, while the Padres had forfeited money when they signed Xander Bogaerts in free agency a year ago. The Tigers turned their remaining money into Dickerson, a 6-foot-6 lefty whom the Padres drafted in the 12th round last summer out of high school and signed away from a Virginia Tech commitment for a $500,000 bonus. Dickerson ranked 158th on MLB Pipeline’s Draft prospect list last year, boasting a sharp slider and a 91-93 mph fastball. He has yet to pitch in a game professionally.

Feb. 16: Agreed to terms with 1B/OF on a Minor League contract
The former first-round Draft pick spent parts of four seasons with Milwaukee from 2019 to 2022, batting .238 with 50 home runs, 132 RBIs and a 104 OPS+ in 284 games, covering 1,057 plate appearances. He spent all of last season in the Brewers farm system after Milwaukee outrighted him at the end of Spring Training, batting .308 (97-for-315) at Triple-A Nashville with 23 home runs, 77 RBIs, a .395 OBP and .960 OPS. Much of that damage came at the bookends: He hit .325 with nine homers and 24 RBIs in April, then .344 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in August.

Though Hiura began his career as a second baseman, he alternates between first base and left field now. Still just 27, he provides organizational depth with big league experience, plus power and plate discipline in a right-handed bat, similar to Tyler Nevin last year.

INJURY UPDATES

OF (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: Possibly Feb. 26
Greene is tentatively scheduled to start at DH against the Astros on Feb. 26 at Joker Marchant Stadium, then play in the outfield the next day. He took live batting practice against pitchers in camp on Feb. 20. (Last updated: Feb. 25)

C (right elbow arthroscopy)
Expected return: Opening Day
Dingler, the Tigers' No. 11 prospect, underwent arthroscopic surgery in January to remove loose bodies from his throwing elbow. He’s currently on a throwing progression and threw to bases again on Feb. 24. Dingler is completing all other baseball activities, including catching and light throwing. He played at DH against the Yankees on Feb. 24. (Last updated: Feb. 24)

OF (mild left hamstring strain)
Expected return: TBD
Carpenter pulled out of baserunning drills on Feb. 22. He'll do rehab work and progress towards a return to play as tolerated. (Last updated: Feb. 23)

RHP (left groin strain)
Expected return: TBD
Gipson-Long reported discomfort after a bullpen session last week. He’s currently rehabbing daily and is scheduled to be re-evaluated the weekend of Feb. 24-25. (Last updated: Feb. 23)

RHP (right elbow soreness)
Expected return: TBD
White has resumed playing catch daily and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session the week of Feb. 26, according to the Tigers. (Last updated: Feb. 23)

RHP (right lat/shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
Hill felt soreness throwing a bullpen session in early February. Tests revealed a mild Grade 1 lat strain. He continues to rehab daily and will be re-evaluated the weekend of Feb. 24-25, according to the Tigers. (Last updated: Feb. 23)