Mercer (quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Saturday. He has been sidelined since May 9 with a right quad strain. In that time, Ronny Rodriguez has emerged as a better option at shortstop, although he has slumped of late (8-for-47 with 22 strikeouts over his last 12 games). It is unclear what type of role will be waiting for Mercer when he is activated, possibly as early as next week.
Mercer (quadriceps) was seen fielding grounders during batting practice prior to Wednesday's game against the Astros, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Mercer has been on the shelf since May 8 with a strained right quadriceps. It's worth noting that the veteran shortstop missed two weeks earlier in the year with the same injury, so the Tigers may be inclined to take a more patient approach with his recovery this time around.
The Tigers placed Mercer on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a right quadriceps strain. Mercer was withheld from the lineup for Wednesday's 10-3 win over the Angels, but it was assumed that he was merely getting a rest day before it was revealed after the contest that an injury was behind his absence. A right quad strain previously kept Mercer sidelined for just over two weeks earlier in April, so it's possible that he could face a similar recovery timeline or longer now that he suffered a recurrence of the injury. Mercer's absence should open up regular starts at shortstop for Ronny Rodriguez, who had already been filling in for the injured Josh Harrison (shoulder) at second base.
Mercer is on the bench Wednesday against the Angels, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Mercer sits for the first time since returning from the injured list. He went 3-for-20 over that six-game stretch. Gordon Beckham starts at shortstop Wednesday.
Mercer went 1-for-3 with a walk and solo home run in Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Phillies. Mercer hit his first home run of the season in his second game back from a 17-day stint on the injured list. The veteran only hit six home runs last season and his career high is 14, set in 2017, so don't expect a ton of power moving forward.