Detroit Tigers reveal timetable for Nomar Mazara's return from left abdominal strain

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Once the Triple-A season begins May 4, the Detroit Tigers plan to slide outfielder Nomar Mazara — recovering from a left abdominal strain — in the lineup for the Toledo Mud Hens.

Mazara, who turns 26 on Monday, is expected to return to the majors around May 9, general manager Al Avila said in an MLB Network Radio interview Sunday. (The team has an off-day May 10.) He sustained his injury April 14 while swinging in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros.

The Tigers placed Mazara on the 10-day injured list April 15. He is currently rehabbing in Lakeland, Florida, home of the team's spring training facility.

"We're hoping that he's back playing games in Toledo once the minor-league season starts," Avila said. "Hopefully, we can get him back by May 9, something like that."

THE YOUNG GUNS: What Tigers have learned about Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal developments in 2021

MIGGY RETURNS: How Miggy's return to lineup can help ignite Tigers' slumbering offense

Detroit Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara homers against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Comerica Park.
Detroit Tigers right fielder Nomar Mazara homers against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning Sunday, April 4, 2021 at Comerica Park.

Detroit has a 1-8 record without Mazara in the lineup. On Sunday, the Tigers reinstated first baseman/designated hitter Miguel Cabrera from the 10-day injured list. He hadn't played since April 10 with a left biceps strain.

But they're still without Mazara.

"When he was in the lineup, it's stabilized the middle of that order," Avila said. "Since he's been out of the lineup, I think that's when we started struggling a little bit more."

LIFELESS OFFENSE: Why the Tigers are 'pissed off' after losing eight of last nine games

Through 12 games, Mazara is 9-for-38 (.237) with two home runs, five RBIs, two walks and seven strikeouts. He has played seven games in right field and four as the designated hitter.

The Tigers signed Mazara to a one-year, $1.75 million contact this winter. He had a .228 batting average, one homer and 15 RBIs in 42 games for the Chicago White Sox last season.

"We still thought he had a lot of upside and he was showing that," Avila said. "He was heating up just when he got hurt on a swing. We're hoping to get him back, and that should stabilize the middle of the lineup. Hopefully, we have something for the future, too."

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: When Detroit Tigers think Nomar Mazara (abdominal strain) could return