Detroit Tigers New Rotation Addition To Start Year On IL

It's been a frustrating spring for one of the newest additions to the Detroit Tigers' starting rotation. A 4.91 ERA and a ghastly 1.90 WHIP, plus a groin strain have left Michael Lorenzen reeling. He'll now officially begin the season on the injured list.

As reported by Tigers beat writer Chris McCosky, manager AJ Hinch confirmed that Lorenzen will open on the IL. But he added that the eight-year veteran is making good progress in his recovery from the groin strain, and he could return without missing too much time.  

Hinch also noted that Joey Wentz would take Lorenzen's spot in the rotation to start the year, joining Eduardo Rodriguez, Spencer Turnbull, Matthew Boyd and Matt Manning.

Detroit signed Lorenzen, the former Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels' pitcher, to a one-year, $8.5M deal this past offseason. 

He went 8-6 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with the Angels last year, transferring back to the starting rotation for the first time since his rookie season in 2015. He has a career 4.10 ERA.

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