Detroit Tigers' Jose Cisnero slips on stairs, gets eight stitches, lands on injured list

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero slipped on the stairs in his home Monday. Putting his arm down to catch himself, he split open the outside of his right elbow.

He needed eight stitches.

"The before and after picture were both awful," Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Tuesday. "He's doing better today. He's in some obvious pain and can't really do much for the next few days. Not a text you like getting (from athletic trainer Doug Teter) on an off day, and certainly not with Jose, who has done such a great job this year at the back end."

'PEOPLE BELIEVE IN ME': Jonathan Schoop embraces 'different' pressure, talks defense in 2022

CANDY DELIVERS: Jeimer Candelario's secret: 'When you hit doubles, home runs will come'

Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Comerica Park.
Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Comerica Park.

The Tigers placed Cisnero on the 10-day injured list Tuesday, retroactive to Sept. 13, with a right elbow laceration. To fill his spot on the roster and in the bullpen, right-hander Jason Foley was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

"It'll be at least 10 days," Hinch said about Cisnero's absence. "I know where we're at on the calendar."

Cisnero, 32, has a 3.65 ERA, 31 walks and 62 strikeouts over 61⅔ innings in a team-high 67 appearances. The right-hander typically pitches in the seventh and eighth innings, before unofficial closer Gregory Soto takes over for the ninth.

In his previous two outings, though, Cisnero has allowed seven runs over a combined one inning, driving his ERA from 2.67 before the three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays to 3.65 after the finale. He blew a 3-1 lead in Friday's 10-4 victory and a 2-1 lead in Sunday's 8-7 win.

Both times, the Tigers mounted epic comebacks.

"His body's not firing at 100%," Hinch said Sunday. "I don't want to say he looks tired. He's just not firing. He's not moving with his quick twitch. It doesn't look like the arm is as quick. The velocity doesn't tell you everything. He's throwing hard still. There's a general malaise with him right now, for whatever reason. We're grinding him and riding him pretty hard. It looked like he was a little bit out of it with his execution. When the pitch missed, they hit it. And that's why I got him out of there."

WHAT HINCH SEES: Jose Cisnero is 'not firing at 100%' over previous two outings

NEW JOB: How Drew Hutchison delivered out of bullpen for Tigers: 'We needed him'

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jason Foley throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Detroit.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jason Foley throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Detroit.

Foley, 25, has a 2.84 ERA, two walks and two strikeouts over 6⅓ innings in six outings since making his MLB debut in June. For Triple-A Toledo, he owns a 4.41 ERA, 19 walks and 36 strikeouts across 34⅔ innings in 32 games.

"It's the same story with him, where he's been able to get some outs in Triple-A and then the strike zone gets a little smaller here," Hinch said. "If he pounds the strike zone, he's really difficult, especially on right-handed hitters. Continual growth for him. This is an opportunity for him and, quite honestly, a few guys in this bullpen that maybe didn't expect to be here and didn't know if they'd have the opportunity. But some injuries have opened up the door.

"I love what Jason can bring when he's right and when he can be inside the strike zone. That'll be the challenge in the next couple of weeks."

Chris Fetter returns

Pitching coach Chris Fetter, quality control coach Josh Paul and bullpen catcher Jeremy Carroll haven't been with the Tigers since pregame of a Sept. 6 clash with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. They were out of action because they were considered close contacts to reliever Joe Jimenez and bench coach George Lombard. Both team members tested positive for COVID-19.

Fetter, Paul and Carroll returned for Tuesday's series opener with the Milwaukee Brewers.

[ Miguel Cabrera nominated for 2021 Roberto Clemente Award ]

Pitching coach Chris Fetter (left) of the Detroit Tigers visits pitcher Tyler Alexander and catcher Eric Haase (right) during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on Aug. 28, 2021 in Detroit.
Pitching coach Chris Fetter (left) of the Detroit Tigers visits pitcher Tyler Alexander and catcher Eric Haase (right) during the sixth inning at Comerica Park on Aug. 28, 2021 in Detroit.

Hinch expects Lombard to return and travel with the team to Tampa Bay for the upcoming four-game series from Thursday through Sunday. He expects Jimenez and fellow reliever Miguel Del Pozo — who ended up on the COVID-19 injured list Friday with a positive test — to complete rehab assignments before coming back to the Tigers' bullpen.

"Jimenez and Del Pozo are on different timelines, but both are feeling fine at home and mending back from having the virus," Hinch said. "They've got to do some throwing. They haven't been active or out of their rooms very much, so we're going to have to map out a throwing program and then more than likely a rehab assignment before getting them back to this level. But thankfully, from a health perspective, they're both headed in the right direction."

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers' Jose Cisnero slips on stairs, on injured list