Detroit Tigers place Jose Urena on injured list, recall infielder Zack Short

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The Detroit Tigers are giving one of their up-and-coming infielders an opportunity, as right-hander Jose Urena was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Thursday, with a right forearm strain, the team announced Saturday.

To fill Urena's roster spot, the Tigers recalled infielder Zack Short from Triple-A Toledo.

Urena, 29, was removed from Wednesday's 1-0 win over Cleveland with two outs in the sixth inning. He was initially diagnosed with lower right forearm cramping. Neither Urena nor Tigers manager AJ Hinch seemed to think the injury was serous.

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Urena (62) prepares a pitch against Cleveland during the sixth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
Detroit Tigers pitcher Jose Urena (62) prepares a pitch against Cleveland during the sixth inning at Comerica Park in Detroit on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

As of Friday, Urena felt healthy enough to pitch Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers and was vying for the opportunity to make his next start, but Hinch wanted to be "very conservative" with him. The skipper was leaning toward skipping his start.

Now, it's official: Hinch needs to find a new starting pitcher for Monday's contest.

Because Urena's stint on the injured list is retroactive to Thursday, he can be activated as soon as June 6 to start against the Chicago White Sox. Hinch told Urena to sit out his bullpen session Friday, despite the right-hander telling his coaches and trainers that he felt healthy enough to throw.

"Based on where we're at, with an off day coming up after the Milwaukee series and having it only be two games in a National League park," Hinch said before Friday's game, "my initial reaction is to be very conservative with this and nip any sort of soreness in the bud and just be done with it."

Through 10 starts and 54⅓ innings, Urena has a 4.14 ERA, 22 walks and 35 strikeouts. He has pitched into the sixth inning in six of his starts and completed seven innings in four consecutive starts from April 16-May 2.

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Toledo Mud Hens infielder Zack Short fields a ground ball against the Nashville Sounds Tuesday May 4, in Toledo, OH.
Toledo Mud Hens infielder Zack Short fields a ground ball against the Nashville Sounds Tuesday May 4, in Toledo, OH.

Short received the call back to the majors on his 26th birthday.

He made his MLB debut earlier this season, playing two games. During his brief stint in April, as the Tigers awaited Miguel Cabrera's return from the injured list, he went 1-for-5 with two walks and three strikeouts.

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For Toledo, Short went 10-for-44 (.227) with two home runs, seven RBIs, 12 walks and 13 strikeouts in 13 games. He spent seven games at shortstop, four at second base and two at third base, giving the Tigers versatility in the infield.

Short is ranked as the organization's 21st-best prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The Tigers acquired him from the Chicago Cubs at last season's trade deadline for veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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.

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