Cisnero (shoulder) is scheduled to begin throwing off a mound Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Cisnero has been on the shelf all season after he was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain late in spring training. The right-hander has resumed throwing off flat ground in recent weeks, but he looks like he'll soon be able to move on to the next phase of his rehab program by throwing bullpen sessions. Since he currently resides on the 60-day injured list, Cisnero isn't eligible to make his 2022 debut for the Tigers until at least early June.
Cisnero was placed on the 60-day injured list Wednesday with a right shoulder strain, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. The reliever suffered a right elbow laceration when he fell down the stairs in September, ending his 2021 campaign prematurely. The injury wasn't a concern heading into the spring, however, as Detroit signed him to a one-year, $1.9 million contract in his first year of arbitration, per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News. Cisnero got off to a slow start to camp and experienced renewed soreness following a Grapefruit League appearance Sunday, but the injury is related to his shoulder rather than his elbow this time around. As a result of his diagnosis, Cisnero will be forced to miss the first couple months of the season. With Andrew Chafin (groin) also opening the season on the IL, the Tigers' bullpen depth will be tested early in 2022.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that Cisnero reported renewed soreness in his right elbow during his most recent Grapefruit League appearance Sunday against the Phillies, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Cisnero was slowly integrated into the Tigers' pitching schedule earlier this spring while he worked his way back from the elbow issue that ended his 2021 campaign prematurely. The 32-year-old was sharp over his first two Grapefruit League outings, but he unraveled against the Phillies, giving up three earned runs on a home run and two walks while recording just two outs. The Tigers could wait and see how he checks out during a bullpen session before deciding if he'll be included on the Opening Day roster or if he'll require a stint on the injured list. According to Woodbery, Elvin Rodriguez was summoned from minor-league camp Tuesday and could step into the bullpen to begin the season if Cisnero isn't available.
Cisnero (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Cisnero has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut, but his ability to face hitters suggests that he's moved past the elbow laceration that resulted in him concluding the 2021 season on the injured list. After submitting a 3.65 ERA and 1.33 WHIP while striking out 62 over 61.2 innings in 67 appearances last season, Cisnero should be in good position to break camp as a member of the Detroit bullpen.
Cisnero (elbow) won't return this season, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Cisnero suffered a right elbow laceration in mid-September when he fell on the stairs, and the Tigers will keep him out of game action for the remainder of the year. However, the right-hander is still with the team and playing catch, so he should have a relatively normal offseason. Cisnero made a career-high 67 appearances in 2021 and posted a 3.65 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with four saves and 18 holds in 61.2 innings.
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