What Happened Victor Reyes?

What Happened Victor Reyes?

Outfielder Victor Reyes has been placed on the injured list by the Tigers due to a left quad injury, the team said today. Derek Hill, a fellow outfielder, has been called up to fill up for him.

Reyes said he’s been battling the ailment all season, according to Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic. Regardless, he had a good start to the year.

Victor Reyes lost an LVBP round robin game due to shoulder discomfort -  Doha Roots
Victor Reyes

So far this season, Reyes has a strikeout percentage of 16.1%, significantly below his career average of 22.1 percent. Similarly, his campaign walk rate is at 8%, more than double his career record of 3.9 percent.

In comparison to the 82 wRC+ he’s had in his career, his 112 wRC+ is quite healthy.

Of course, this is a small sample of only 10 games, so drawing broad generalizations is unwise, but there are encouraging indicators in his Statcast profile as well, with his .394 xBA significantly surpassing his previous year’s stats.

After such a promising start to the year, having to sit out for the next few months must be discouraging for the 27-year-old.

MLive’s Evan Woodbery brings word from manager A.J. Hinch, who had a difficult time breaking the news to Reyes. Given Reyes’ desire to continue playing, his absence shouldn’t be too long.

In other good news for the Tigers, a handful of their offseason acquisitions may be ready to play again soon.

Shortstop Javier Baez and reliever Andrew Chafin are expected to return in the next few days, according to Hinch.

(From Woodbery’s Twitter account) Before being placed on the IL with thumb soreness, Baez appeared in five games for the Tigers, hitting .316/.350/.526.

The Tigers signed Chafin to a two-year, $13 million contract, although he has yet to play due to a groin ailment.

They’ll help the lineup and the bullpen when they return. The Tigers have relied on two Castro brothers, Willi and Harold, to fill in for Baez.