Tigers reliever Trey Wingenter says injury ‘frustrating’ but he’s been through worse

Detroit News

Baltimore — Having missed the last three years batting a couple of different injuries and coming back from elbow and back surgeries, right-hander Trey Wingenter isn’t getting overwrought about a bout of tendinitis in his shoulder.

“Everything feels pretty small,” said Wingenter, who was put on the 15-day injured list before the game Saturday. “There’s some inflammation. We need to get that out of there and then I will be dialed in to the quick rehab process and be back out as soon as possible.”

Wingenter said he’s felt the stiffness in his shoulder after his last couple of outings and hasn’t been able to get it fully loosened up. He won’t throw for a few days to let the inflammation calm down.

Still, another injury, even a small one, is the last thing he wanted after finally battling back to health and winning a job in the Tigers’ bullpen as a non-roster invitee this spring.

“I try to reflect back and realize I’ve come a long ways,” he said. “I haven’t played at this level in three years and I’ve had a lot worse. The back stuff, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. This isn’t something that affects my day-to-day life.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating. I want to get out there and compete. But I’ve been through this process on a way bigger scale. I’ve gotten a good taste of what it feels like when I do feel good and I know how to handle this.”

Will Vest was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts Saturday night.

Around the horn

Good note from Bally Sports Detroit. Eduardo Rodriguez, who started for the Tigers on Sunday, had since the start of 2022 gotten 45% of his strikeouts with called third strikes. The league average is 23%. “He’s not been predictable,” Hinch said. “He’s got a lot of weapons and when he throws his pitches and how he sequences them — he’s pretty good.”

On deck: Milwaukee Brewers

Series: Three games at American Family Field, Milwaukee

First pitch: Monday-Tuesday — 7:40 p.m.; Wednesday — 1:40 p.m.

TV/radio: All three games on Bally Sports Detroit/97.1 FM

Probables: Monday — LHP Matthew Boyd (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Colin Rea (0-0, 4.22); Tuesday — RHP Spencer Turnbull (1-3, 7.85) vs. LHP Eric Lauer (3-1, 4.30); Wednesday — RHP Michael Lorenzen (0-0, 6.00) vs. RHP Freddy Peralta (2-2, 3.97).

Scouting report

Boyd, Tigers: One bad pitch dampened an otherwise strong start against the Guardians last time out — that pitch was a heater Oscar Gonzalez hit out of the park for a three-run home run. Boyd’s four-seam fastball has been a productive pitch for him through three starts. He’s getting two more feet of extension on it (6.4 feet) and the velocity range has been 90-95 mph. Hitters are 5 for 30 against it with five strikeouts.

Rea, Brewers: He’s been on quite a journey, from missing years after Tommy John surgery, to two stints with San Diego and two in Japan, he’s trying to hold on to a rotation spot in his age-33 season. He brings a loaded tool box — sinker, cutter, four-seam (93), sweeper, curveball and splitter. Hitters are 2 for 21 against the sinker and cutter so far this season.

chris.mccosky@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @cmccosky

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