Detroit Tigers: Josh Harrison out 4-6 weeks

Detroit Tigers second baseman, Josh Harrison has a partial hamstring tear, which will require 4-6 weeks to heal and could even lead to surgery.

The Detroit Tigers not only lost Josh Harrison but have been without shortstop Jordy Mercer since May and he will probably be out for a while longer suffering a setback.

Mercer was on his rehab assignment when he was diagnosed with what they are calling an acute-on-chronic strain in his right quad.

There is still a possibility Harrison’s injury requires surgery, but at the moment that is not the route the team is going.

While you never want to see someone go down with an injury, Harrison has been mired in the worst season of his 9-year career.  He is hitting just .176 with 8 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases in 146 plate appearances.

This may be a good time for him to heal both physically and mentally to hopefully come back to the Tigers ready to get back to the old Harrison.

Over his career, he has averaged a .273 batting average with 51 RBI’s and 15 stolen bases per season.  The Tigers at 21-32, could really use this bat in their lineup.

At the same time the Tigers placed Harrison on the 10-day injured list, they recalled infielder Jeimer Candelario from the Toledo Mud Hens.

Candelario has seen moderate MLB success hitting .225 with 79 RBI’s and 24 home runs in 227 games in the big leagues over 4 years.

With the Mud Hens, he is excelling with a .357 batting average with 13 RBI’s and 3 home runs in 52 plate appearances this season.

The Detroit Tigers need all the help they can get as they are near the bottom of the league in team average at .225, runs scored at 184 and home runs with 44.

Their top two starters, Matthew Boyd and Spencer Turnbull are holding down the fort with 2.85 and 2.97 ERA’s respectively and need all the offensive help anyone can give them.

Here’s to hoping Harrison has a quick recovery and can help Detroit down the stretch to possibly be in contention for a wild card spot as they are only 6.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics.