Candelario landed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain Friday. The injury which forced Candelario to exit Thursday's game will wind up ending his season prematurely. It was quite an encouraging season from him at the plate, as he hit .297/.369/.503 in 206 plate appearances. Harold Castro will be the first baseman and cleanup hitter Friday against the Royals.
Candelario left Thursday's game against the Royals with lower-back tightness and is considered day-to-day. Jorge Bonifacio entered the game in left field with Brandon Dixon shifting to first base. Candelario will look to make it back in the lineup at some point during the regular season's closing weekend.
Candelario went 3-for-5 with two runs scored during Tuesday's 6-0 victory over the Royals. Candelario stranded four men on base, but nonetheless had a productive outing. He has raked over his last 15 games, slashing .404/.483/.673 with three home runs. He improved his average to .333 for the season.
Candelario hit home runs in both ends of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, going a combined 5-for-6 with a walk, a double, two homers and five RBI. After supplying the Tigers' only offense in the matinee with a two-run blast, Candelario kicked off a comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap with a sixth-inning solo shot. After the huge performance, the 26-year-old is now slashing .333/.389/.590 with seven homers and 28 RBI through 40 games.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and four RBI in Tuesday's win versus Milwaukee. Candelario drove home half of Detroit's runs in the victory, plating a pair of runners with a single in the fifth inning and driving home two more with a homer to right field in the seventh. The 26-year-old has been hot over his last three games, going 7-for-12 with four extra-base hits and five runs scored. If he is able to keep up his current pace, his .319/.374/.541 slash line will blow away his previous career-best numbers.
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