The Detroit Tigers’ number six prospect already has an ominous start to his career. Called up on Wednesday to most likely be the Tigers’ everyday shortstop, Eugenio Suarez’ arrival in Detroit caused the designation of Danny Worth for assignment and started the clock on the 22-year old prospect. He was scheduled to make his first Major League start on Thursday against the Blue Jays, but now that will not happen.
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After arriving at Comerica Park an hour before game time, Suarez was thrust into the game in the seventh inning to be a defensive replacement. Andrew Romine, who had the wind knocked out of him in the fourth inning making a diving play on a Jose Bautista grounder, was pinch hit for in the sixth inning by J.D. Martinez. Suarez entered the game at shortstop in the next half inning.
Suarez’ first plate appearance went well enough initially. He tapped a grounder off of Brett Cecil to third baseman Brett Lawrie, who stepped on third for the force and chucked a throw over to first. The throw ended up hitting Suarez and ricocheting towards the crowd. Suarez, unsure of where the ball was, hesitated before scrambling over to second base. That’s where things went awkward. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion made no throw to second, but Suarez slid anyways. He came up limping and holding his knee.
Suarez initially told reporters after the game that the knee hurt in that moment, but that it felt okay and he would be able to make his start on Thursday. That is now, obviously, not the case.