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Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (thumb) lands on 10-day IL

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Apr 8, 2022; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (28) receives congratulations from center fielder Akil Baddoo (60) after he hits an walk off RBI single in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers placed shortstop Javier Baez on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right thumb injury.

Baez said he jammed his thumb celebrating the Tigers’ come-from-behind win on Opening Day against the Chicago White Sox, in which Baez had the game-winning hit. He aggravated it a few days later and hasn’t played since Monday.

His placement on the injured list is retroactive to April 13. The Tigers have yet to announce the corresponding move.

“The more he’s sore, the more it gives me pause to put him back in there,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters Saturday, before Baez was placed on the IL. “It takes one swing to blow this thing back up to where we were four, five days ago. It’s really tricky with thumbs.”

Baez, 29, signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Tigers last November. On the season, he is batting .316 (6 for 19) with one home run, four RBIs, one walk and four strikeouts in five games.

–Field Level Media