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Tigers place Tarik Skubal in IL with arm fatigue

The Tigers placed the starter Tarik Skubal on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, due to arm fatigue, by a team announcement. The southpaw left his start on Monday after feeling the fatigue, and he will now be out for at least the next two weeks. Skubal said he doesn’t expect to miss any additional starts, via Evan Woodbery from MLive. That obviously won’t be the case, but there’s no indication the club is acting through anything other than an abundance of caution by skipping a few turns in the rotation. Detroit is already looking ahead to 2023, and there’s no reason to press the issue with one of its best young arms unless it’s fully healthy.

Few players in the organization have as much of an impact as Skubal, who reached a milestone in his second full season in MLB. In 117 2/3 innings, he holds a 3.52 ERA with an above-average strikeout rate of 24.5 percent and rushed ball percentage of 45.7 percent. Skubal has shown solid control and, perhaps most importantly, allows just .67 homers per nine innings pitched. He allowed more than two of nine homers last season, the biggest contributor to a 4.34 ERA that’s nearly a run above this season’s mark.

A few more notes on casualty list placements:

  • closer pirates David Bednar landed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 31, due to lower back inflammation. There’s no specific timeline for his return, but Pittsburgh director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk told reporters Bednar lobbied to resolve the issue, via Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This would seem to indicate that Bednar, 27, does not see the problem as too serious, but the club are taking a cautious approach. Bednar has established himself as one of the best relievers in the sport this season, his second with the Bucs after leaving the Padres in the Joe Musgrove trade during the 2020-21 offseason. The big right-hander has a sub-3.00 ERA in both seasons as a hacker, including a 2.70 mark with an excellent strikeout rate of 33.5% on 46 2/3 frames this year .
  • The Marlins placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left hamstring. Designated hitter/first baseman Garrett Cooper was activated from a minimal pass in IL to take the place of the active list. The club did not provide a timetable on García’s absence. Signed to a four-year contract in the offseason, García had a difficult first season in South Florida. In 342 plate appearances, he owns a meager .232/.269/.322 line with seven home runs — a marked drop in power output from last year’s 29-home run campaign with the Brewers. The 31-year-old also hits a career-worst 27.8% clip and makes just 3.8% of his trips to the flat. Miami had hoped that the multi-year free agent signings of García and Jorge Soler would reinvigorate a lackluster offense, but both right-handed hitters were disappointed in their first seasons of those trades.