Tigers Up & Coming Young Starter Shut Down For the Season

Originally hitting the injured list with arm fatigue about ten days ago, Detroit Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal was hoping that the inflammation in his forearm area would subside and he could continue his breakthrough season. That won't be the case, unfortunately, as more serious elbow concerns have cropped up, and he's been moved to the 60-day IL; his season is done. 

The issue is Skubal's elbow, according to reports, and he'll visit a specialist in Los Angeles to determine the severity. A visit to a specialist is never a good thing. 

Yesterday's promotion of Daniel Norris meant the Tigers had to make room on the 40-man roster, and with Skubal's injury obviously not anywhere close to being resolved, it was his spot that Norris inherited.

At the age of 24 last season, Skubal pitched 149.1 innings, by far the most he'd thrown in a full season. Now at 117.2 innings in 2022, and with these new elbow/forearm concerns, shutting him down was the only prudent course of action.

That makes four Tigers starters on the 60-day IL (Casey Mize, Spencer Turnbull, Beau Brieske, Skubal).

Skubal finishes the season with a ton of promise as a key rotation piece for the future in Detroit, with a 3.52 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 117:32 strikeout to walk ratio.

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