Mahtook cleared waivers Saturday and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. Mahtook showed promise in 2017, but his production fell off in 2018 and continued into this season. After starting 0-for-23 at the plate, his designation was no surprise. His spot will be filled by JaCoby Jones, who is returning from the injured list after a shoulder sprain held him out to begin the season.
Mahtook is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. A two-day break wasn't enough for Mahtook to break his cold streak to begin the season, as he returned to action for Tuesday's series opener and went 0-for-4, leaving him hitless through 23 at-bats. Mahtook should see semi-regular action through the end of the week but will likely be the top choice for a demotion when JaCoby Jones (shoulder) is activated from the injured list.
Mahtook is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals. Mahtook opened the season as the Tigers' presumptive top center fielder with JaCoby Jones (shoulder) on the injured list, but Mahtook's hold on the No. 1 job now looks tenuous at best. He'll be on the bench for a third straight game while Niko Goodrum gets a spin in center.
Mahtook is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Yankees. Mahtook is hitless through his first five appearances this season (16 at-bats), so he'll head to the bench to clear his head. Niko Goodrum will cover center field in his stead, pushing Jeimer Candelario to DH duties while opening up a spot in the lineup for Gordon Beckham to start at the hot corner.
Mahtook is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays. He went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts in the first two games of the season. Dustin Peterson gets the nod in left field while Niko Goodrum slides to center field.