On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers not only lost 4-3 to the Minnesota Twins but they also lost one of their starting infielders in the process.
After picking up a hit, shortstop Jordy Mercer was forced to leave the game with a right quad strain. Following the game, the Tigers announced Mercer was being placed on the 10-day injury list.
INF Jordy Mercer will be placed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) April 13, 2019
According to reports, Mercer will be replaced on the roster by infielder Ronny Rodriguez, who is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers will recall infielder Ronny Rodriguez from Triple-A Toledo today, I'm told.
— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) April 14, 2019
In 62 games with the Tigers in 2018, Rodriguez batted .220 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.
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Despite low expectations, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid start in 2019. In fact, at the time of this piece publishing, they are 8-5 and just a half of a game out of first place in the American League Central.
Unfortunately, the chances of the Tigers playing at a .615 clip for the remainder of the season is highly unlikely as they just do not have the talent and experience needed to keep pace in a 162 game season.