Lat injury keeps Tigers’ Collins out of CF for now
Lakeland, Fla. — Tyler Collins normally doesn’t sit down very much inside the Tigers’ clubhouse. His motor runs too hot; he’s usually in constant motion.
But there he was Friday morning, sitting in front of locker, the entire left side of his upper body wrapped, with the left arm immobilized.
“Yeah, sucks,” he said.
Collins, who is in the heat of the battle for the center-field spot, won’t be able to throw a baseball for 10 to 14 days. He strained the lat muscle on his left side while making throws from the outfield earlier in the week.
“It’s not the end of the world,” he said. “I can still hit and I can still run. I will get some swings as the DH. Spring training is too long anyway (laughs).”
Mikie Mahtook, Anthony Gose and JaCoby Jones will get the bulk of the reps in center field while Collins convalesces. Gose got the start Friday against the Orioles.
“It doesn’t help him, for sure,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “That’s one spot where we have competition, so being injured doesn’t help him. But it’s early enough in camp and it doesn’t seem to be a long-term thing. He can still participate on the offensive side.”
Ausmus said Collins also might get some center-field work on the back fields.
“If we have some inter-squad games on the minicamp side, we might stick him in center field and just tell him he can’t throw the ball,” Ausmus said. “At least he can track balls out there.”