Tigers send closer Shane Greene to disabled list with shoulder strain
Toronto — A day after they said goodbye to a long losing streak, the Tigers took a blow to their bullpen Monday when they put Shane Greene on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
Greene told the Tigers his throwing shoulder had been hurting of late, manager Ron Gardenhire explained before Monday's 1:07 p.m. series finale against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
Greene's roster spot was filled Monday when left-handed option Daniel Stumpf returned following his DL stint. Greene's job as ninth-inning closer will be handled, primarily, by Joe Jimenez.
"He says it's been bothering him a little while," Gardenhire said of Greene's situation, which turned serious Sunday after Greene finished the Tigers' 9-1 victory over the Jays and reported his shoulder ills.
"It's the first we've heard of it," Gardenhire said. "He's a pretty tough guy."
Greene had several rough games in late June. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth Sunday, but his fastball velocity was in the 91-93 range.
"He came in a little frustrated," Gardenhire said of Greene's postgame report. "We've got to get this checked out. He can throw as hard as anybody, but it's not going anywhere."
The Tigers have been engaged in a disabled-list shuttle in recent days. Mikie Mahtook was recalled Sunday from Triple A Toledo after Leonys Martin left Sunday's game with a hamstring issue that sent him to the 10-day DL.
Mahtook was to bat leadoff Monday against Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki.
The situation with Martin could prove more serious than a 10-day layoff. Martin had a May layoff with the same, damaged left hamstring. He said following Sunday's game that he would take whatever time was necessary to get the hamstring healed, completely.
"Obviously, there's something in there more than a cramp," said Gardenhire, alluding to a "hamstring cramp" that the training staff initially offered as a diagnosis.