Detroit Tigers’ Matthew Boyd to miss next start, but could dodge IL


New York – Tiger’s left Matthew Boyd is likely to miss his next start in Boston next week, but manager AJ Hinch is cautiously optimistic he doesn’t have to miss anymore.

“The first guy I saw this morning was Matt who wanted to get coffee,” Hinch said ahead of Friday’s game against the Yankees. “He was walking on the street. So that was a good sign. “

Boyd came out of the nightcap Thursday in the second inning with tendonitis in his left knee. He should do more tests on Friday.

“We’ll have these tests read and see what we have to do,” said Hinch. “I’m not a doctor, but at first the feeling is positive. He’s going to miss a start, but he may or may not go up to that 10-day list of injured.

“We haven’t really talked about it yet, but it’s better to know that he won’t miss multiple starts.”

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If Hinch and pitching coach Chris Fetter don’t decide to rearrange the rotation with the day off on the Monday before the three-game series in Boston, Boyd’s next round would be Wednesday. With another day off on May 10th, Boyd would have 11 days to heal and just miss the start.

Hinch could use Michael Fulmer to fill Boyd’s place in Boston. Fulmer was called in Thursday when Boyd pitched two innings and threw 47 pitches.

But of course that has not been established.

Reyes fights against it

The left field at Yankee Stadium is huge, from the foul line to the gap (from 316 feet to 399 feet) it is one of the most spacious in baseball. But nobody talks about it because the right field is a tape box.

But in the spacious Yankee Stadium, Hinch decided to give Harold Castro his first start of the season in the outfield.

“At the moment we are trying to develop Willi Castro on the second base instead of hopping him back and forth between the second and the short base,” said Hinch. “That locks Harold out of the second base. I took him out because he put up really good bats. “

The other side of that is Victor Reyes shuffling. In the last nine games, Reyes went 2:25 with seven spikes and no walks.

“He’s playing catch-up, trying to chase hits, and he’s chasing bad pitches,” said Hinch. “That’s a bad combination.”

Reyes had an unlucky homestand and hit several balls straight at the defenders.

“When you have these (negative) numbers and they’re a month old, you feel like every time you do something positive, you have to get that result too,” Hinch said of the process when you get no results .

“Victor is a utility to us, but I’ve been seeing him in this urgent category for the past few weeks.”

Around the horn

After losing both ends of the weather-delayed double header in Chicago on Thursday, the Tigers didn’t get to New York until 4:30 a.m.

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Tigers at Yankees

First pitch: Saturday, 1:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium, New York

TV / radio: BSDet-plus, MLBN / 97.1

Scouting report

►RHP Spencer Turnbull (1-1, 3.27), Tiger: This is his third start and he’s still in build-up mode after missing the last three weeks of spring training. But he was solid. Hitters are 7-for-42 in 11 innings and his slider was nasty for a 47.6 whiff rate. Last time he went 81 places and if he’s keen the restrictions could lift.

►RHP Jameson Taillon (0-2, 6.23), Yankees: He fought early to establish his best weapon, the elevated fastball. Last year, when he was sitting between 94 and 95 mph, opponents hit .219 against it. So far, the four-seams this year sits between 93 and 94, the opponents hit with three home runs .303 of them – despite an exit speed on fastballs of only 81 miles per hour. The expected batting average against .169. So he can be a victim of bad luck or poor defense.


Dusty Kennedy