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Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers Preview and Predictions 09-16-2020

The Detroit Tigers' latest moves show they'll use their remaining games as an evaluation period.

Detroit placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the injured list due to a right wrist sprain and activated Niko Goodrum, who had been the starting shortstop before an oblique strain forced him to the IL, retroactive to Sunday.

The Tigers will play Goodrum at second base and will be moving 23-year-old Willi Castro to shortstop. That switch began on Tuesday, when the Tigers (21-26) defeated the Kansas City Royals, 6-0.

The two teams close out the two-game series on Wednesday night.

Manager Ron Gardenhire called the infield shuffle an organizational decision.

"They want to take a good look at Willi," he said to the Detroit News. "He's swinging good. We know Niko can play multiple positions, so he will go to second base. He's fine with it. He just wants to play."

Castro had three hits, including a homer, in Tuesday's victory.

It's uncertain whether Schoop, who was hitting .278 with eight homers and 23 RBIs, will play again this season.

"He was going to miss three or four days regardless, now he's going to miss seven," Gardenhire said. "We have to let him get well. He was having a hard time swinging the bat at all."

Detroit also optioned light-hitting catcher Grayson Greiner to their alternate training site and elevated Eric Haase, who appeared in 19 games with Cleveland the past two seasons.

Tigers rookie left-hander Tarik Skubal (1-2, 7.27 ERA) will try to bounce back from a poor outing on Thursday. He was charged with six runs in two innings against St. Louis and walked four batters. He'll face the Royals for the first time.

Kansas City (20-29) had some drama before it arrived in Detroit. Veteran left-hander Danny Duffy missed the team plane and was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday.

"You usually have one or two stragglers and you reach out and make sure they're en route," manager Mike Matheny said. "But that was not the case and we decided we needed to get the flight on the way. And I spoke to Danny and told him to catch up to us later. We knew he wasn't going to make it on time."

It's uncertain when Duffy will make his next start. He did eventually make it to Detroit and apologized to his teammates.

"This guy is very well-liked in that clubhouse because of the way he treats people and how he invests in his teammates," Matheny said. "He knows that things like this are not the way he wants to be portrayed or thought of. It's not the example he wants to give. He's remorseful, and he shared that with his teammates."

Right-hander Brady Singer (2-4, 4.66 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday. Singer is coming off his career-best outing, as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Cleveland on Thursday. Singer allowed a single in eight shutout frames and struck out eight.

The rookie allowed two runs in five innings against Detroit in a no-decision on July 30.

The teams will play four more games in Kansas City before the regular season ends.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Detroit Tigers

  • Austin Romine

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Romine missed the last game with a left wrist contusion. It is unclear if he will be ready to return Sunday against the Indians.

  • Jonathan Schoop

    Hamstring
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Schoop is on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right wrist. He will likely stay on the I-L until the end of September.

  • Zack Godley

    Elbow
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Godley has been ticketed for the 45-day injured list due to a right elbow flexor strain and has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Illness
    Out Sat | out

    Cabrera is ailing from an illness unrelated to COVID-19, and he will miss Saturday's matchup with the Indians as a result.

  • Harold Castro

    Hamstring
    Prob Fri | 10-day IL

    Castro has been shifted to the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain, but he is expected to be activated in time for Friday's game versus the Indians.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Illness
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Maybin has been unavailable for the past two games due to a gastrointestinal illness, and it has yet to be established if he will face the Indians on Tuesday.

  • Ivan Nova

    Tricep
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Nova transitioned to the 45-day injured list with right triceps tendinitis. He suffered a setback during his recovery and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

  • JaCoby Jones

    Hand
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Jones is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 45-day injured list due to a left hand fracture.

Kansas City Royals

  • Jorge Soler

    Oblique
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Soler has hit the 10-day injured list due to a right oblique strain. He is not expected to return until the latter part of September.

  • Matt Harvey

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Harvey has moved to the 10-day injured list due to a right lat strain. He will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Danny Duffy

    Disciplinary
    Prob Fri | probable

    Duffy did not make his last outing due to disciplinary actions taken by the team as he missed his flight. It is projected that he will make his next scheduled start Friday versus the Brewers.

  • Carlos Hernandez

    Abdominal
    Prob Sat | probable

    Hernandez has been absent from the lineup during the past three games due to an abdominal contusion, but he is expected to return Saturday versus the Pirates.

  • Kelvin Gutierrez

    Elbow
    Prob Sat | probable

    Gutierrez has been activated from the 45-day injured list after a Grade 2 UCL sprain in his elbow. He is expected to face the Pirates on Saturday.

  • Salvador Perez

    Eye
    Prob Fri | probable

    Perez has been activated from the 10-day injured list with left eye central serous chorioretinopathy. He will likely make his return Friday versus the Royals.

  • Jakob Junis

    Bicep
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Junis was forced from his last outing due to a contusion between his right biceps and triceps muscles, and it is uncertain he will make his next scheduled start against the Indians on Tuesday.

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kansas-city-royals Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
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Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
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Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
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