Detroit Tigers might not get Matt Manning as quick as expected

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The Detroit Tigers starting rotation has been on a tough spell. Lately, the Tigers have been losing pitchers left and right, and it feels like their starting rotation is more of an infirmary than a stable of pitchers.

For the Detroit Tigers, trying to find healthy starting pitchers has been an absolute struggle. One of the pitchers they have been missing out on is Matt Manning. Though he has been absent from the rotation for some time now, it seems that a return is no longer imminent.

Manning has been working through a rehab assignment, and on Thursday, he was pulled from his rehab start early, exiting with an apparent issue. After further comments from Al Avila, it appeared that Manning’s exit was a sickness issue rather than a shoulder or arm issue.

According to the many tweets that emerged, the issue appeared to be dizziness and feeling lightheaded. Manning exiting early is not desirable whatsoever for his return to the mound at Comerica Park in a Tigers uniform.

Detroit Tigers Matt Manning exits rehab start early

Manning has been absent for some time now, only making two starts for the Tigers throughout the 2022 season. His first start of the year was a six-inning performance where he allowed just one hit and one run while punching out two, failing to surrender a walk.

His second start of the season was a two-inning outing for the Tigers against the Royals, where he would exit early after allowing one run on five hits. He would end up on the Injured List (IL) with a shoulder injury following that early departure.

While the dizziness that ended his rehab start is not his shoulder, it certainly is worrisome. Hopefully, all is clear, and it can be chalked up to some dehydration or something silly like that. Allowing Manning to get back on the bump and complete his rehab assignment.

Looking at the Tigers’ rotation and continued announcement of injuries to members of the rotation, Manning’s return will be huge. But, a return that seemed as if it was going to be imminent could be slowed with the early exit from Thursday’s rehab start.

The Tigers need some starting pitching help; Manning was expected to be the team’s fifth starter, so getting him back in the rotation in any capacity is better than the Tigers’ current situation.

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It may take some more time, but Manning’s return will be more than valuable for the Tigers.