Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Franklin Perez placed on IL

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One of the key pieces that the Detroit Tigers acquired as part of the Justin Verlander trade with the Houston Astros in 2017 is now on the shelf, once again.

Perez, who has appeared in only 27 innings across nine games since his acquisition by Detroit, is now on the inured list with High-A West Michigan with a right shoulder capsule defect. He’ll be seeing a specialist on Thursday in Los Angeles.

This is only the latest injury woe for Perez, who was kept from pitching until June of 2018 thanks to a right-lat strain. A mere seven starts later, his season ended thanks to right shoulder capsular inflammation. He was then limited to only two starts thanks to right shoulder tendinitis, and didn’t pitch in 2020 due to minor-league baseball being shelved due to COVID-19.