CLEVELAND – Another day, another player on the injury list.
That Detroit Tigers can not pause.
Right-hand replacement Will Vest was placed on the injury list before Friday’s series opener against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field. The 26-year-old tested positive for COVID-19.
The vest must be left out for at least 10 days before attempting to produce the successive negative tests required to return.
“We think we’ve included it,” said manager AJ Hinch.
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Over the last few days, Hinch has been dealing with his own illness. He has taken several COVID tests, but his results remain negative. He spent Thursday’s day off in bed and did not sleep much last night.
“I feel useless,” Hinch said.
Hinch then announced that he will miss Friday’s game with a non-COVID illness, with bench coach George Lombard taking over his place as manager of the first of three games in Cleveland.
“I gave him my thoughts on specific things,” Hinch said. “He’s been sitting next to me for a year, so I do not think it’s going to be a problem at all on the management side. But it’s going to be different. I’ve never played a game where I’ve been a manager. In a hotel room “It’s going to be new. I just hope I stay awake.”
Hinch expects to return to Saturday’s match.
To replace West on the active list, Tigers bought the contract as a right-handed replacement Drew Carlton. He opened the season with Triple-A Toledo.
Tigers also added utility player Brendon Davis to the 40-man roster, demanding his release on Friday from the Los Angeles Angels.
Davis will report to Toledo.
“It stinks,” said catcher Tucker Barnhart. “You feel bad for the guys who just are not feeling well. They have not done anything wrong, they are just in a situation where they got sick. For our guys who got hurt, I feel the same way. “They did not. I’m not doing anything wrong. The injury bug just jumped up and bit them.”
West appeared in 14 games for the Tigers this season, issuing a 2.12 ERA with four rebounds and 22 strikeouts across 17 innings. He made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2021, as a 2020 Rule 5 draft pick, but was returned to the Tigers in July.
Carlton, a former 32nd-round draft pick, played in four games for the Tigers last season, including his MLB debut in September. The 26-year-old had four times and one strikeout to go with an ERA of 4.91 in 3⅔ innings.
In November, the Tigers removed Carlton from the 40-man roster. For Triple-A Toledo in 2022, Carlton had an ERA of 3.60 with four times and 19 strikeouts across 15 innings in 12 relief appearances.
“I’m fine,” Carlton said. “The sinker has been a pretty big place for me this year. I started messing around with it in the spring and I feel like throwing it off my four-stitches, it really throws the punches off. I feel like it’s going to be a great pitch. for me this year. “
Claiming Davis provides organizational depth in the field and outfield.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Davis in the fifth round in 2015, but the 24-year-old most recently played for Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels’ organization. He also spent time in the Texas Rangers’ organization.
For Salt Lake in 2022, Davis hit .243 with six homeruns, 18 walks and 31 strikeouts in 36 games. He has experience in all positions except pitcher and catcher.
Davis, a right-handed striker, launched 30 homeruns and hit 0.290 across 124 games in the minor leagues last season, going from High-A Tri-City (63 games) to Double-A Rocket City (30 games) to Salt Lake (31 games).
He has not yet reached the majors.
The Tigers’ 40-man roster was at 39 players coming on Friday.
Following the Carlton, Davis and West movements, the 40-man list is full. Players on the injury list due to a positive COVID test – such as Vest – do not count in the 40-man list.
“There’s going to be a match today and we’ll have to have guys to step up,” reliever Michael Fulmer said. “The goal is still to win today’s match … Just such a second-man mentality. We’ve done it all year. Things have not gone our way, but we have guys who are more than capable of winning ball games. , regardless of the circumstances, regardless of the damage. “