Haase is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Saturday's game against Cleveland. Haase was recently called up to replace Grayson Greiner as the Tigers' backup catcher and will make his second start of the season Saturday. Austin Romine is nursing a wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch Friday, so Haase could pick up a little playing time in the short term, though Romine's injury does not appear to be serious and he is reportedly available off the bench Saturday.
Haase was recalled by the Tigers on Tuesday. Haase will take the backup catcher spot that had belonged to Grayson Greiner, who was optioned in a corresponding move. With a small role and a career -19 wRC+ (in a tiny sample of 34 plate appearances), he's unlikely to have much fantasy appeal.
The Tigers optioned Haase to their alternative training site Monday. The transaction officially ends Haase's bid for a spot on the active 30-man Opening Day roster, and the backstop could be at risk of losing his spot on the 40-man roster as well if the Tigers add other players before the start of the season. Detroit appears set to proceed with Austin Romine and Grayson Greiner as its top two catchers.
Haase could potentially lose his spot on the 40-man roster as the Tigers add players before the start of the season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Haase was thought to have the inside track on being the backup catcher during spring training, but Woodbery notes that Grayson Greiner will fill that role. That could put Haase's 40-man spot in jeopardy as the Tigers might need spots for the likes of Jordy Mercer, Jorge Bonifacio and a handful of pitchers. If Haase does get squeezed out of a regular roster spot, he could still end up on the team's three-player taxi squad for road trips as MLB rules stipulate that at least one taxi squad player is a catcher.
Haase is one of six catchers in the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season. Haase seemed to have a leg up on Grayson Greiner for the backup job before play was suspended, with Austin Romine set as the starter. Those three have been joined in camp by Jake Rogers, Brady Policelli and 2020 draftee Dillon Dingler. The latter group figures to work in more of a developmental fashion, though Rogers has appeared in the majors and could push both Haase and Greiner for playing time.
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