Jordan Zimmermann - Jordan Zimmermann hasn’t been himself in Detroit, but him missing altogether would be trouble filling in the rotation. He went down late in the year with a hernia, and plans to be ready for Opening Day. This isn’t a lengthy injury, but still a notable one to talk about heading into the season. The Tigers do not have a true ace, and Zimmermann needs the offseason to try and get back on track.
Christin Stewart - It is odd to see two players of the same team with this type of injury, but once again he is expected to be ready to go. Stewart is a young outfielder who is expected to see rotational time in the outfield next year. He hit .267 in his time with Detroit last season, and this is a team that will be keying in on trying to rebuild for the future.
Devastating Injuries in History of Franchise
The Detroit Tigers are a historic franchise that has had some costly injuries of late. Getting into the Tigers better years where they were on the verge of winning championships, Magglio Ordonez broke his ankle, leaving him out for the second half of the season. Joel Zumaya was in the same boat, dealing with multiple injuries to his elbow.
The one on the funnier side was due to the game Guitar Hero. Victor Martinez had a major injury back in 2012, where he tore his ACL. This was before the season had started, which set him out for the entire 2012 season. Martinez was able to bounce back for a few years, but wasn’t quite the same guy.
More bullpen issues continued down the line as Joel Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery at the beginning of the 2014 season. The very next year Joe Nathan had the same surgery, and at that age Nathan was ready to retire. He came back the next year, but Nathan was on the way out. Daniel Norris was a highly touted prospect, but battled groin issues that hindered his ability to develop early on in his career. This could have something to do with why he didn’t quite pan out.
Miguel Cabrera was one of the top bats and more durable bats over the last decade. As he is getting older, there is a lot missed time now going on for Cabrera. He ruptured his bicep tendon missing the 2018 season, but has been dealing with back and core injuries over the last few seasons. This has limited his ability to hit for power anymore, and it is likely not coming back either.