The hype surrounding baseball's No. 2 prospect Riley Greene has not lessened despite his spring training foot fracture injury. Fans may soon get their first glimpse at the 21-year-old in the major leagues considering he is set to start a rehab assignment at the Low-A level this weekend.
Riley Greene Injury Update
The plan is to have Greene play five innings in center field for the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Friday night before serving as the designated hitter for Saturday's game. If that goes well, Greene will jump to the Triple-A level for at least a week and see everyday at-bats against established pitchers.
Greene showed flashes of greatness with Detroit during spring training in April, hitting .421 (9-for-21) with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 4 RBI in 11 games. He was on pace to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster after slashing .301/.387/.534 in the minor leagues during the 2021 season.
For now, the Tigers will keep using a combination of Robbie Grossman, Willi Castro, Derek Hill and Daz Cameron in the outfield with Austin Meadows on the injured list. It seems like only a matter of time before Greene is given the opportunity to showcase his ability at the MLB level.
Detroit fans need something positive to cheer about given the team currently sits 11.5 games out of first place in the American League Central with a 15-28 record. The Tigers remain long shots to make up ground and have odds set at +25000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.