Nick Castellanos activated; he might play tonight

Lynn Henning
The Detroit News
Nick Castellanos

Detroit – Seven weeks after he fractured his left pinky finger and gutted the Tigers’ offense at third base, Nick Castellanos is all but back with the Tigers.

He was to arrive Tuesday on a flight from Florida to Detroit and be in uniform at some point for an evening game against the Indians at Comerica Park.

“It’ll be good to have our lineup back and intact,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “He’ll help us win games.”

Castellanos was hit by a pitch Aug. 6 during a game with the Mets and headed for the disabled list. Gone from Ausmus’ batting order was a right-handed hitter who was batting .286, with 18 home runs and an .831 OPS.

Ausmus hinted that Castellanos could start in Wednesday’s game against the Indians. The Tigers have six games remaining in the regular season and are two games behind the Orioles in their push to grab a wildcard playoff spot.

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