Tarik Skubal of the Detroit Tigers will pitch Sunday in High-A; Riley Greene has a ‘stress reaction’

CHICAGO — Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal is scheduled to pitch in an official game on Sunday, beginning his rehab mission.

The 26-year-old will begin his rehab with High-A West Michigan.

“It’s to slowly recover from a significant injury,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said on Friday. “He’ll go over there and do a few innings. It fits into our (player development) system and is what we want him to do.”

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Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal pitches a live batting practice during Detroit Tigers spring training on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla.

Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal pitches a live batting practice during Detroit Tigers spring training on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla.

A rehabilitated pitcher may be assigned to minor league affiliates for up to 30 days. Skubal, who underwent left flexor tendon surgery in August 2022, could return to the Tigers’ starting rotation in early July.

Skubal recorded a 3.52 ERA with 32 walks and 117 strikeouts in 117⅔ innings in 21 starts last season. For his first start in rehab, the Whitecaps play in Ohio against the Dayton Dragons.

At some point, Skubal will move to Triple-A Toledo.

Right-hander Matt Manning, who is recovering from a broken right foot, completed his first live batting practice before the Tigers’ game Friday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The 25-year-old, who hasn’t started a game since April 11, is set to kick another live BP in days at Citizens Bank Park in the Tigers’ three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

“It was awesome,” Hinch said. “He looks great and looks like a normal pitcher.”

Riley Greene’s fibula

Outfielder Riley Greene’s left fibula is still injured. After Greene received a second opinion, however, the Tigers’ description of the injury changed from a “stress fracture” to a “stress reaction”. A stress reaction is essentially a precursor to a stress fracture, and it is considered less severe.

He could miss four to six weeks.

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Tigers center fielder Riley Greene hits an RBI single against Guardians pitcher Xzavion Curry in the Tigers' eighth inning.  Victory 6-2 on Monday, May 8, 2023 in Cleveland.

Tigers center fielder Riley Greene hits an RBI single against Guardians pitcher Xzavion Curry in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 6-2 win Monday, May 8, 2023 in Cleveland.

Greene — the Tigers’ best batter this season — is hitting .296 with five homers, 21 walks and 64 strikeouts in 52 games. He hit .365 with an OPS of 1.008 in 25 games in May.

The 22-year-old hasn’t played since leaving Tuesday’s game in the third inning.

He hasn’t traveled with the Tigers for the current six-game roadtrip.

Right-hander Alex Faedo will not be placed on the injured list, but the Tigers have postponed his upcoming start due to fingernail tenderness in the right midfield. He was lined up to start Sunday against the White Sox.

“A nail issue on the outside of her middle finger, almost like an ingrown toenail,” Hinch said. “As he gets treatment, we want to be transparent that he’s going through it. We’re going to change our rotation a bit.”

The 27-year-old reported fingernail tenderness after Tuesday’s start against the Texas Rangers. He allowed six runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts in 4⅓ innings.

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Left-hander Matthew Boyd will pitch Sunday against the White Sox, followed by left-hander Joey Wentz on Monday against the Phillies. Right-hander Michael Lorenzen will start Saturday’s game.

Faedo, who has a 5.54 ERA in five starts, is expected to pitch Tuesday.

“He’s going to have a few more days to let this thing heal,” Hinch said. “That’s pretty tender, if you’ve ever had one.”

Other Medical Updates

• Right-hander Beau Brieske (right ulnar entrapment) completed a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to start another live batting practice on Saturday. He was stationed in Lakeland, Florida. The timeline for him to begin a rehab mission remains undetermined.

• Right-handed reliever Trey Wingenter (right biceps tendonitis), also in rehab at Lakeland, completed a bullpen session earlier this week and is expected to start another bullpen Saturday.

• Outfielder Matt Vierling (lower back pain) will be re-evaluated this weekend to start a progression in baseball activities.

• Outfielder Kerry Carpenter (sprained right shoulder) played five games — all as a designated hitter — during his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. The 25-year-old, who still hasn’t been allowed to pitch, is averaging .211 with three walks and nine strikeouts in 22 plate appearances.

Contact Evan Petzold at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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