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The injury came Saturday against the Orioles when Ramon Urias' line drive struck Pineda's hand in the second inning. Pineda retired the first four batters of the game before the injury occurred. Wily Peralta replaced him, as he ended up getting the win in the 3-0 victory. Outfielder Victor Reyes has been called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move to Pineda's IL stint.
After a few solid seasons with the Twins, Pineda signed a one-year deal with the Tigers in March. He's provided the team with a solid presence in the rotation, as he's gone 1-2 with a 3.22 ERA in five starts. While his strikeouts are a career-low (4.8 K/9), he's figured out how to adjust without his once-filthy stuff. Pineda's done so by commanding the zone better, as his walk rate (1.6 BB/9) is the best it's been since 2015 with the Yankees. Additionally, he has allowed 8.1 hits per nine innings, his best mark since 2014. Pineda has provided the Tigers with a stable option every fifth day.
It's already been an injury-plagued season for the Tigers, particularly for the starting rotation. Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Tyler Alexander are all currently on the Injured List. The injuries have not only hurt the team's record, but it's slowed the development of some of their youngsters as well.
Despite winning two straight, the Tigers headed into Sunday's play 11-23. They sit in last in the AL Central and have the second-worst record in baseball. Detroit will need to get some of their starters back before things only get worse.