Tigers Bullpen Set for Massive Upgrade Following Latest Injury Update
After a modest 4-5 start to the 2022 MLB season, the Detroit Tigers seem to have hit a wall, going 2-4 in their last six games. Despite their early struggles, one of the Tigers' bright spots has been their bullpen, which has yielded a 2.30 ERA — third-best in the Majors.
The Tigers' bullpen is set to become even stronger after it was reported on Tuesday that left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list. He's finally ready to make his 2022 debut after missing the last several weeks due to a groin injury suffered during Spring Training.
Andrew Chafin Injury Update
Chafin joined the Tigers over the offseason on a two-year, $13 million deal following a 2021 breakout season that was split between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics.
The 31-year-old southpaw was one of the more dominant relievers last year. He finished with 68.2 innings pitched over 71 appearances, finishing with a 1.83 ERA and 0.932 WHIP while averaging 8.4 strikeouts per nine.
The Tigers' bullpen has been predominately righties aside from Gregory Soto (1-0, 1.59 ERA and three saves), so adding Chafin to the mix certainly expands manager A.J. Hinch's options.
Chafin could potentially make his Tigers debut on Tuesday when his team travels to face the Minnesota Twins at 7:40 p.m. ET. FanDuel Sportsbook is listing the Tigers as +120 moneyline underdogs, whereas the Twins sit at -142 to win.
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