Detroit Tigers’ Niko Goodrum to 10-day IL with finger injury vs. Angels

Detroit Free Press
Dana Gauruder |  Special to Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Tigers will be without their top shortstop for at least the next 10 days.

Niko Goodrum was placed on the injured list on Saturday with a tendon sprain in his left index finger, with Isaac Paredes recalled from Triple-A Toledo to take his roster spot.

Goodrum was injured on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels while trying to make a diving stop on a Phil Gosselin single. The finger in his glove hand bent as it hit the outfield grass.

Manager AJ Hinch said the injury will not require surgery.

“He’s seeing some doctors and they’re sending some films to some of the top hand doctors around the country,” Hinch said Saturday night. “Essentially it’s the tip of his left index finger, he’s got an issue with that. Hopefully, he’ll resolve it relatively quickly.”

While his other fingers were unaffected, the pain isn’t limited to that area.

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“We’ve got to get some swelling out of his entire hand,” Hinch said. “He can’t really function with it right now.”

Goodrum has struggled at the plate and in the field this season, batting .216 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 59 games. He has also committed seven errors at shortstop in 43 games, compared to one error in 31 games while playing short last season. Goodrum was a finalist for the Gold Glove at short in 2020.

Paredes was with the Tigers for six games earlier this month before returning to Triple-A when the club needed fresh arms. He was 3-for-21 in those appearances, with one homer.

Hinch had Paredes in Saturday’s lineup but his plane was delayed, leaving him due to arrive at Angel Stadium in Anaheim closer to game time. Harold Castro will instead start at short and bat ninth.

Paredes, Harold Castro and Willi Castro will take turns at short in Goodrum’s absence.

“All three of those guys are going to see some time at shortstop,” Hinch said. “Paredes may play a little bit of second base, a little bit of third, depending upon how I use the DH position and where I’m playing everybody else.”

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