The Tigers have been plagued by pitching injuries and managers AJ Hinch told reporters (including Chris McCosky of the Detroit News) that the 2022 season is over for two slingers at the club. right-handed Alex Faedo and Kyle Funkhouser are both considering surgery – Faedo for a nagging hip problem and Funkhouser for the shoulder strain that has kept him from pitching all season.
Faedo was one of several younger pitchers called up to help the rotation weather the injury storm, and he posted a 5.53 ERA in his first 53 2/3 innings of major league action. With a 2.92 ERA in the first 37 of those frames, Faedo looked set to make a rookie breakthrough before the league started getting a book on him, and also before his hip injury started affecting his performance . The bad hip forced Faedo out of a start on July 4 after only 3 2/3 innings, and he was marked for seven runs in his last two starts and 5 1/3 innings.
Faedo, the 18th overall pick of the 2017 draft, made a comeback of his own from injury when a forearm strain in 2020 led to Tommy John’s surgery late in the year that sidelined him for all of 2021. Unfortunately, he will now face another significant absence, even if he ultimately chooses not to have hip surgery, and if he chooses to go under the knife the rehab process could affect Faedo’s readiness for spring training or opening day 2023.
Funkhouser also faces an uncertain timeline as shoulder surgery could potentially jeopardize his entire 2023 season, depending on the severity of his injury and the specific nature of the procedure. Initially held back by lat pain during spring training, he will now miss the chance to continue a promising 2021 season.
Making his big league debut in 2020, Funkhouser posted a 7.27 ERA in his first 17 1/3 frames on the show, but had significantly better results last year. Despite a mediocre 12.8% walk rate and a below-average 21.1% strikeout rate, Funkhouser rode over 68 1/3 with a 53.2% grounder rate and lots of soft contact to a 3.42 ERA innings The Tigers frequently fielded Funkhouser for more than an inning, and he also made two “starts” (opener-style) in bullpen games.
Faedo and Funkhouser join them Casey Mize (Tommy John Operation) like the Detroit pitchers whose injuries were season-ending, but the vast majority of the pitching staff has spent time on the injured list with some sort of problem. Especially in today’s game Michael Pineda had to stop prematurely due to a right tricep tightening, which created another potential hole in the rotation. Right Rony Garcia was expected to be activated by the 15-day IL in time for the start of tomorrow’s game.