Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Matt Manning pitched an MLB inning since his last start on April 16. The 24-year-old has been sidelined for over a month now with a shoulder injury but has since taken the next step by making a trio of rehab starts over the last two weeks or so.
Manning had his third rehab start with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday and it didn't go as planned. He pitched only two full innings against the Indianapolis Indians before being pulled. Considering how this was supposed to be his final rehab appearance, Tigers fans have the right to be concerned.
Matt Manning Injury Update
Manning started Thursday's contest on the right foot, pitching two scoreless innings before being pulled after giving up three straight walks before hitting a batter with a pitch. There's still no word yet on whether he was pulled due to his play or because of his injury becoming re-aggravated.
This latest update is a disappointment because Manning pitched well in his previous two starts with Toledo, pitching to a 1.35 ERA and 0.750 WHIP with eight strikeouts in just 6.2 innings pitched. Fans will know how close he is to his MLB return after he makes at least one more Triple-A start.
The Tigers want nothing more than for Manning to pick up from where he left off at the beginning of the 2022 MLB campaign. Although he went 0-0 in his first two starts, his 2.25 ERA, 0.750 WHIP and zero walks allowed in 8.0 IP had the fanbase expecting big things from him.
Detroit's pitching staff must put their injury woes behind them if the club is to have any success this season. The Tigers currently have only +25000 odds to win the 2022 World Series this fall, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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