After losing shortstop Jose Iglesias due to stress fractures in both shins, the team recalled Eugenio Suarez from Triple-A Toledo. Infielder Danny Worth has been designated for assignment to make room for Suarez.
The shortstop role had been filled previously by Worth and 28-year-old Andrew Romine, both of whom were struggling. Romine was hitting .200 with a .252 on-base percentage, 12 runs, and just 1 RBI in 124 plate appearances. His backup, Worth, was at a .167 average with a .216 on-base percentage. Along with the team’s bullpen, shortstop has been the first-place Tigers glaring weakness.
Between two minor league levels, Suarez was hitting .288, with 8 home runs, 32 runs scored, 36 RBI, and an impressive .360 OBP in just 54 games. The Tigers are hoping the 22-year old can provide something even remotely resembling the type of offensive output he’s achieved thus far in the minors.
In addition to shortstop, Suarez also has experience at second base, third base, left field, and center field, albeit to mixed results. It’s unlikely that Suarez’s call-up was in relation to his glove, however.
It isn’t known if Suarez will become the team’s full-time shortstop as of yet, but any upgrade over the team’s shortstop woes will only serve to cushion their already comfortable lead atop the American League Central standings.