The Detroit Tigers placed third baseman Jeimer Candelario on the 10-day disabled list Monday with left wrist tendinitis, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. In a corresponding move, the team has called up infielder Dawel Lugo from Triple-A Toledo.
The 24-year-old Candelario had been one of the Tigers’ best players to begin the 2018 season. He’s made 36 starts in the team’s first 39 games, slashing .272/.359/.497 with five home runs and 16 RBI. He leads the Tigers in doubles (12) and walks (18), and is second in triples (3) and home runs (5) in the two-hole for manager Ron Gardenhire.
Candelario had been nursing his left wrist for several weeks now. During an April 25 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gardenhire noticed Candelario wince at the plate after taking swings. He was given a day-off the following afternoon, but the injury has since progressed.
Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported yesterday that surgery is likely the only way to truly fix Candelario’s ailing wrist. He received an MRI Sunday to confirm the wrist had not suffered any new damage. The tests revealed no further damage.
The plan was, as McCosky reported, for Candelario to play through wrist injury for the remainder of the season. Surgery may have looked imminent, but not enough to shelf Candelario during the season.Detroit @tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario was placed on the DL on Monday.Click To Tweet
On Monday, the Tigers ultimately ruled their third baseman of the future would benefit from a DL stint.
“We have to let him give this thing a break here. It’s pretty sore. It might not take a full 10-day stint, but he needs to get well. We need to let the docs take care of it and do what they have to do,” Gardenhire said.
Though it may not take a full 10 days, Candelario is the latest Tiger to be plagued by the injury bug. He joins Miguel Cabrera, Leonys Martin, Jordan Zimmermann, Alex Wilson and Daniel Norris on the disabled list. Norris was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 30 after undergoing surgery to fix a left groin strain.
The 17-22 Tigers will host the Cleveland Indians for a three-game set this week, trailing the Tribe by just three games for first place in the American League Central. Pete Kozma is likely to receive the bulk of playing time in Candelario’s absence, though the newly-promoted Lugo could fill in, as well.