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Detroit Tigers' first baseman Miguel Cabrera (back) exited Saturday's game against the Cleveland Guardians early with lower-back tightness. The 39-year-old went 0-for-3 before leaving. Eric Haase replaced Cabrera in the eighth inning. He is slashing .294/.340/.399 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 12 runs across 40 games in 2022. The severity of Cabrera's injury is unknown now; he's considered day-to-day. Haase would see an uptick in playing time while Cabrera is sidelined. The 29-year-old can be left on the waiver wire after slashing .172/.243/.281 across 24 games in 2022.
Detroit Tigers rookie first baseman Spencer Torkelson is getting the day off on Saturday against the Cleveland Guardians. Torkelson was initially scheduled to receive the day off on Friday before the game against the Guardians was postponed due to inclement weather. The former first overall pick in 2020 has had a tough go of it in his first 40 major league games, as he's hitting just .179/.292/.309 with a .601 OPS, four home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in 144 plate appearances. The power is real, but the 22-year-old will continue to have growing pains in his rookie season. Harold Castro is at first base and is hitting fifth on Saturday against Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber.
Detroit Tigers outfield prospect Riley Greene (foot) went 0-for-3 in his first minor league rehab game with Single-A Lakeland on Friday. Greene fractured his right foot at the end of spring training and is just now getting back to game action. The No. 2 overall prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, is expected to eventually claim the Tigers starting center field job this year, so fantasy managers need to know his name. The 21-year-old was in line to make the Opening Day roster before his injury, and his combination of power and speed should make him relevant in all fantasy formats before long. Greene will probably need a lengthy rehab assignment before the Tigers feel comfortable letting him make his major league debut.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Spencer Torkelson is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Cleveland Guardians. Torkelson has swung a better bat of late, but he's still hitting just .179/.292/.309 with four home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored in his first 40 major league games in his rookie season. The former Arizona State product has plenty of power, but he needs to make more contact to do consistent damage for fantasy managers. Harold Castro is at first base and is batting fifth on Friday against Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber. Castro is sporting a .301 batting average with three home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored in 76 plate appearances over 25 games for Detroit.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (rib) threw from 60-70 feet on Thursday. After the throwing session, Rodriguez reported no symptoms. Tigers beat writer Cody Stavenhagen reports that Rodriguez will still need to do some "more intense throwing," but then after that, the Tigers hope he can "jump right into volume" while pitching from the mound. The Tigers' rotation has been ravaged by injuries, so it's good news for the team that Rodriguez hasn't had any setbacks thus far in his recovery from a rib injury. Over eight starts on the season, the 29-year-old is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.