Injured Tigers breezing through rehab assignments
Detroit – The Tigers roster may soon be getting an infusion.
Four players currently on the disabled list are progressing swiftly through their rehab assignments and could be ready to join the team in a week to 10 days.
Center fielder Cameron Maybin (wrist) and right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson (shoulder) will continue their recovery at Triple-A Toledo.
Maybin went 3-for-13 with a pair of doubles at High Class-A Lakeland last week and is expected to be in the lineup in Toledo on Tuesday. Wilson pitched two scoreless innings, allowing three hits with two strikeouts, in Lakeland Sunday. He is expected to be available to pitch for the Mud Hens later in the week.
Left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy (shoulder) threw a scoreless inning in Lakeland over the weekend and was scheduled to throw two innings Monday. He is scheduled to pitch in back-to-back games in Lakeland Thursday and Friday.
It has yet to be determined what the next step would be for him – move him to Toledo or to Detroit.
Left-handed starter Daniel Norris (back) made his first rehab start in Lakeland Sunday. He pitched two innings, 40 pitches, allowing a run and two hits with a walk and four strikeouts. His pitch count will be bumped to 55 pitches for his next start in Lakeland.
While Maybin, Wilson and Hardy are expected to join the Tigers when ready, Norris most likely would begin the year in the Mud Hens’ rotation.
There is no official date set for any of the four players to return to the Tigers. Manager Brad Ausmus continues to say, generally, that they could be back by the middle of April.