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Injuries & Moves: Hill on rehab assignment

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Keep track of the Tigers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

RHP Matt Manning (right shoulder discomfort)
Expected return:
Manning was removed from his start against the Royals on Saturday after just two innings and 38 pitches as he reported discomfort in his shoulder. The Tigers characterized the move as precautionary, but will run their former first-round Draft pick through tests just in case. — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 16)

SS Javier Báez (right thumb soreness)
Expected return: Possibly April 23
Báez is still dealing with soreness, so the Tigers decided to make a roster move and put him on the 10-day IL rather than play short-handed through the weekend series against the Royals. He originally injured the thumb in the Opening Day walk-off victory celebration, then aggravated it on a swing a few days later.

“There’s no other way to judge how he feels until that bruise goes down and the swelling goes away and he can start to function,” manager A.J. Hinch said. — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Casey Mize (right elbow sprain)
Expected return:
Possibly end of April
The initial diagnosis on Mize is a sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his elbow. He has consulted with a couple doctors and will likely seek additional opinions once the Tigers return to Detroit.

“He’s not feeling as sore today as he was yesterday, which is a good sign,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “But I don’t know what that means for the next 7-10 days.” — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 16)

OF Derek Hill (right hamstring strain)
Expected return
: Late April
Hill began a rehab assignment at Single-A Lakeland on April 15 and will continue playing there through the weekend. He’ll likely advance to Triple-A Toledo to continue his assignment next week. — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 16)

LHP Andrew Chafin (left groin strain)
Expected return
: Possibly end of April
Chafin threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on April 15 in Lakeland and reported no issues. He’ll throw to hitters next before starting a rehab assignment at Single-A Lakeland.

“Very similar to Spring Training mode,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s been out long enough now where we have to prepare him how we would to start the season in a Spring Training.” — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 16)

RHP Kyle Funkhouser (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: May
Funkhouser has started to build up his throwing program in extended spring training, but the Tigers will proceed cautiously. He’ll need a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo before being activated.

“I’m not expecting Funk in April,” manager A.J. Hinch said. — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 8)

RHP José Cisnero (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
Cisnero is not currently at risk for shoulder surgery, manager A.J. Hinch said. “He’s going to strictly get rid of the inflammation and build strength.” — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 11)

C Jake Rogers (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return
: Mid to late 2022
Rogers began taking dry swings at the end of Spring Training and he progressed in a throwing program, but he is not yet close to doing normal catching work. He underwent surgery on Sept. 8, 2021, after an exam by Dr. Keith Meister revealed damage to his ulnar collateral ligament. — Jason Beck (Last updated: April 6)

RHP Spencer Turnbull (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Possibly late 2022
Turnbull reported to Spring Training on March 16 in Lakeland, Fla., where he’ll continue his rehab. He had been working out and throwing three days a week at Tread Athletics, a pitching-focused training facility in Charlotte, N.C. Though the Tigers haven’t released a timetable, Turnbull hopes to pitch at some point this season. — Jason Beck (Last updated: March 16)

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