Detroit Tigers Player News: All Positions

News: Reininger isn't expected to pitch more than three innings Tuesday against Cleveland, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The report isn't particularly surprising, as Reininger hasn't recorded more than seven outs in any of his 22 relief outings this season. He has posted an 8.25 ERA and 12:15 K:BB in 24 innings with the major-league team.
News: Jackson will pitch out of the bullpen going forward, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: The Tigers have little reason to give any more starts to a 36-year-old with a 9.70 ERA on the season. Tyler Alexander will take his place in the rotation for the final two weeks, though the Tigers do have a doubleheader coming up on the final Friday of the season, which could potentially mean one more opportunity for Jackson.
News: Candelario was scratched from the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland after getting hit in the triceps Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Impact: The severity of the injury is not yet clear, but he'll miss at least one start. Ronny Rodriguez enters the lineup at first base.
News: Reininger will start Tuesday against Cleveland, Chris McCosky of The Detroit Newsreports.
Impact: Reininger gets an opportunity with Matt Boyd away on personal leave. Reininger hasn't given much reason for optimism over 55 career major-league innings (all in relief), recording a 7.85 ERA and 35:27 K:BB.
News: Demeritte is not in the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.
Impact: Demeritte owns a poor .167/.191/.258 slash line over his last 19 contests. Victor Reyes starts in right field in his absence.
News: Alcantara was recalled by the Tigers on Tuesday.
Impact: Alcantara hasn't done much in 39 innings for the Tigers this season, recording a 5.31 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. He wasn't all that much better in 18.1 frames for Triple-A Toledo, posting a 5.89 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
News: Mercer went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Monday's 5-2 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Mercer got Detroit on the board in the first inning with his ninth home run of the season, then came around to score again in the sixth. The veteran infielder is slashing a solid .281/.391/.460 this year, though his playing time has dipped a bit in the second half with the rebuilding Tigers getting a look at some younger players.
News: Alexander (1-3) allowed one run on four hits over six innings Monday, striking out three batters and earning the win over Baltimore.
Impact: Alexander rolled through five scoreless frames before allowing a solo shot to Trey Mancini in the sixth. Still, he earned his first big-league win after starting 0-3. The rookie left-hander owns a terrific 39:5 K:BB despite his 4.87 ERA. Alexander should continue primarily working out of the bullpen or making spot starts down the stretch.
News: Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBI and a run scored in Mondays' 5-2 win over the Orioles.
Impact: Reyes' two-run double in the fifth inning gave Detroit a 4-0 lead that would last the rest of the contest. The 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.336/.430 with 21 extra-base hits and 26 runs scored over 241 plate appearances.
News: Jimenez allowed three hits in a scoreless inning Monday, striking out two batters and earning the save over Baltimore.
Impact: Jimenez gave up three straight singles after retiring the first two batters of the inning. Fortunately, he was able to strike out Trey Mancini to end the contest. The 24-year-old has thrown five scoreless innings this month, going 3-for-3 in save chances and lowering his ERA to 4.53 in the process.
News: Farmer left Monday's game against the Orioles due to an accelerated heartbeat and dizziness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Farmer reportedly experienced these symptoms after drilling Renato Nunez with a pitch, though per Beck, initial tests have come back negative. The right-hander will be considered day-to-day until an official diagnosis is provided.
News: The Tigers claimed Diplan off waivers from the Twins on Monday.
Impact: Diplan will move on to his third organization of the season after being traded from the Brewers to the Twins in July before Minnesota designated him for assignment earlier this month. The 22-year-old hasn't pitched above the Double-A level and turned in an underwhelming 4.85 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 68.2 innings in 2019, but the rebuilding Tigers don't have much to lose by taking a chance on a hard-throwing righty with some upside.
News: The Tigers placed Stumpf on the 60-day injured list Monday with a left elbow strain.
Impact: Stumpf's injury won't necessarily keep him out of commission for two months, but the move to the 60-day IL officially ends his season and opens up a 40-man roster spot for reliever Marcos Diplan, whom the Tigers claimed off waivers from Minnesota. A lefty specialist who likely won't bring much utility with the MLB implementing a three-batter minimum for pitchers in 2020, Stumpf looks like a potential non-tender candidate for the Tigers this winter.
News: Stewart is not in the lineup Monday against the Orioles.
Impact: Stewart owns an excellent 1.059 OPS over his last nine games, dragging his season mark up to .737. Brandon Dixon gets the start in left field Monday.
News: Castro is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles.
Impact: Jordy Mercer will fill in at second base while Castro rests after turning in a productive first half of September. Over his 11 starts this month, Castro has delivered multiple hits in eight of those contests, including each of his last five games. Castro's .305 average this season leads all Tigers hitters.
News: Greiner is not starting Monday against Baltimore.
Impact: Greiner has hit .394 over his last nine contests, recording three hits on three separate occasions over that stretch. Jake Rogers starts behind the plate in his absence.
News: Boyd was scratched from his start Tuesday in Cleveland for personal reasons, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Boyd will be away from the team for a few days for a family matter. It's not yet clear if he'll be skipped entirely or will simply see his start pushed back by a few days. The Tigers haven't announced their plans to cover for Boyd's absence, but they've temporarily gone to a six-man rotation with Tyler Alexander starting Monday, so they could simply slide the rest of their starters up a day to pitch on standard rest.
News: Cabrera (knee) returns to the lineup Monday against the Orioles.
Impact: The knee issue that forced Cabrera to leave Saturday's game was evidently not particularly serious, as he's back in action following just a one-game absence. He's expected to battle a chronic problem in his right knee for the rest of his career, though, so expect many similar absences in the future. For what it's worth, Cabrera told Jason Beck of MLB.com on Monday that he'll play during the remaining two weeks of the season before consulting with knee specialists over the winter to determine the best course of treatment for his condition.