The Detroit Tigers have shuffled around their roster a little bit in recent days since the organization opted to part ways with Franklin Perez. A flurry of moves shifted the catchers in the organization around with injuries to Wilson Ramos and Grayson Greiner.
But after a few days passed, the Detroit Tigers are going to be getting back Ramos from the Injured List (IL). Ramos has missed some time after he started the season with a bang. He sustained a lower-back injury that has kept him off the field recently.
Ramos returns at a time where the Tigers’ offense is essentially nonexistent. The veteran backstop has been pretty solid for the Tigers before he was sent to the IL earlier this season. He is a 33-year-old catcher who signed a simple one-year, $2 million contract this offseason.
Nicknamed “Buffalo,” Ramos is a guy who brings some pop to the Tigers lineup as he showed early on. However, his veteran presence allows him to handle the youth of the pitching staff well. With arms like Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal trying to pave their way in the big leagues, Ramos has plenty of experience to work with them.
Detroit Tigers catcher Wilson Ramos will rejoin the team at a great time.
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While his sample size is not huge, Ramos has added some pop to an otherwise dead offense. In his 29 games played, Ramos has hit .227/.265/.464 with six home runs and 11 RBI.
Even having missed a few games on the IL, Ramos leads the team in longballs.
The next closest player on the team is Niko Goodrum, Robbie Grossman, and the legend of Akil Baddoo, who each have four home runs on the season.
Ramos will be taking over catching duties with Jake Rogers and Eric Haase being shifted to backup roles.
Both of them are already filling in for Greiner, who is supposed to be starting but sustained an injury of his own. Haase has logged just two games where he is 2-for-9 with a double to his credit.
Rogers, who is looking to prove he has figured out how to hit, has logged four games. His four games have led him to a 3-for-12 stint. He launched one home run, which leaves him with three RBI on the season.
With Ramos returning, Rogers will be the backup until Greiner returns. But the hope is that Ramos can get back to the good start he was on with some pop. He may not be hitting incredibly well, but the power is a blessing for a lineup that does not score.
They may be solo home runs since getting on base a new concept for the Tigers, but Ramos’s power will be a welcomed addition to the lineup.