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Castellanos Forced Out Of Tigers Lineup With Tendinitis In Toe

A scuffling offense is now without its best hitter.

April 11, 2019 - 5:11 pm

On a day JaCoby Jones made a surprising return to the Tigers lineup, Nicholas Castellanos was a late scratch. 

Penciled in as Detroit's No. 2 hitter for Thursday afternoon's series finale versus the Indians, Castellanos was removed shortly before first pitch with a right toe injury. Tendintis, Ron Gardenhire explained following the Tigers' 4-0 loss.

"He came in very sore (Thursday morning)," Gardenhire said. "Nick wants to play every game, and he told me his toe all of a sudden is killing him. Now he’s just going to go on some medication for tendinitis and go day by day." 

Castellanos will get more treatment Friday, with Detroit's game in Minnesota already postponed. He wants to return to action as soon as possible, but there's a chance the Tigers could hold him out through the weekend. 

They open a six-game homestand next Tuesday versus the Pirates. 

"The one thing we don’t want to do is try to rush him back from this thing and have it just linger on," Gardenhire said. "So if it takes this weekend and then get back home, that’s what it will be." 

Castellanos said the toe has been bothering him for the past three days, particularly when he tries to run. He's not sure what caused it, but confirmed it's not an injury he's ever dealt with in the past.

Through 12 games this season, the right fielder is batting .255.

The Tigers are off to an 8-5 start on the strength of their pitching. But with an MLB-low 33 runs scored, they could use Castellanos' bat back in the lineup.

Thursday marked their third time being shut out this season. 

"I’m going to do everything I can to be back on the field as soon as possible," said Castellanos.