Opening Day of the 2022 MLB season isn't even here yet and the Detroit Tigers are already dealing with injury issues. Outfielder and top prospect Riley Greene exited Friday's Spring Training game against the New York Yankees and did return.
Greene's injury occurred during the bottom of the third inning when he recorded a triple off Gerrit Cole. He ended up scoring later in the inning before limping off of the field with what many believe to be a leg-related injury.
Riley Greene Injury
Fans had high hopes for Greene this season after beginning the year as the Tigers' No. 2-ranked prospect. Up until his injury, the former fifth overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft was dazzling the Detroit fanbase during Spring Training.
Greene has taken 21-at bats across 11 Spring Training games so far, recording nine hits (seven of which were for extra bases), two home runs and four RBIs while slashing .429/.500/1.048.
If the 21-year-old's offense wasn't impressive enough, Greene has also wowed onlookers this spring with defensive highlight-reel plays. Check out this leaping diving catch that he made against the Toronto Blue Jays just one day before his injury:
Needless to say, the hype surrounding Greene is real. He recorded 24 home runs and 84 RBIs while slashing .301/.387/.534 in 485 Double-A and Triple-A at-bats last season, leaving management hoping that he could have a similar impact in the Majors.
A swift recovery for Greene is needed to help the Tigers find success in 2022. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving the club +5500 odds (No. 18) to win the World Series this season.
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