Schoop (right wrist contusion) exits after HBP

Detroit Tigers

DETROIT — For the second time in a week, the Tigers have lost a key offensive contributor to a hit-by-pitch off the hand against the Brewers. This time, it was Jonathan Schoop, who left Tuesday’s game at Comerica Park with a right wrist contusion after taking an Adrian Houser fastball

DETROIT — For the second time in a week, the Tigers have lost a key offensive contributor to a hit-by-pitch off the hand against the Brewers. This time, it was Jonathan Schoop, who left Tuesday’s game at Comerica Park with a right wrist contusion after taking an Adrian Houser fastball in the fourth inning.

The injury comes exactly a week after JaCoby Jones suffered a fractured left hand in Milwaukee off an inside fastball from Phil Bickford.

Schoop, signed last December to a one-year contract, has been arguably the most important hitter in Detroit’s bounceback season, batting .297 with a team-high eight home runs, 22 RBIs and an .859 OPS. His 1.2 bWAR also leads the team.

Schoop, facing one of his former teams, had a 2-1 count leading off the fourth inning when Houser lost a 92 mph sinker inside. The pitch missed Schoop’s lead hand but got him on the other, sending him hunched over in pain. Isaac Paredes pinch-ran for him before Sergio Alcántara shifted from third base to second to replace Schoop in the field.

The Tigers are already missing Jones, first baseman C.J. Cron and shortstop Niko Goodrum with injuries. For Jones and Cron, the season is over. Once Schoop left Tuesday, the Tigers had rookies at second and third base and shortstop, while converted third baseman Jeimer Candelario has been starting at first since Cron’s season ended.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck’s Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason.

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