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Austin Meadows' Rehab Assignment Hits Major Injury Snag

Devon Platana
Detroit Tigers LF Austin Meadows' rehab assignment has hit a major injury snag.
Detroit Tigers LF Austin Meadows' rehab assignment has hit a major injury snag. / Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers leftfielder Austin Meadows hasn't played a Major-League game in nearly a month. A bout with COVID-19 sidelined him in the middle of June and just when he was ready to return, he was placed on the 10-day injured list after straining both of his Achilles tendons.

Unfortunately, it's looking like it'll be quite some time before Meadows returns to the Tigers' lineup. The club announced on Monday that his minor-league rehab assignment has been paused due to soreness in his Achilles tendons flaring up again.

Austin Meadows Injury Update

Meadows began his rehab stint at Triple-A Toledo with hopes that he could be reinstated by Tuesday. Tigers manager A.J. Hinch has since said that the former 2013 first-round pick will not return after this weekend's MLB All-Star festivities due to his rehab needing a restart.

The Atlanta, Gerogia, native grabbed fans' attention last year, racking up 27 home runs and 106 RBIs with the Tampa Bay Rays, finishing 20th in AL MVP voting. Much to his dismay, the 2022 MLB season has been a tougher one. Aside from his COVID and Achilles issues, he's also dealt with vertigo.

Before his injury, Meadows had only tallied six doubles and 11 RBIs without a home run in 36 games with the Tigers. His batting average (.250) is the highest it's been since his 2019 All-Star campaign (.291), but fans are still longing for the day that he finally goes yard for the first time this year.

The Tigers likely won't make the playoffs this year, so they probably won't rush Meadows back. Hopefully, he can rebound upon his return and live up to the hype he had ahead of the 2022 season.

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