Haase isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Haase had started each of the last four games, and manager A.J. Hinch said ahead of Tuesday's matchup that the 28-year-old is in line for a larger role going forward. However, he'll get a breather after he went 7-for-16 with four homers, a double, seven RBI and four runs across his last four appearances. Jake Rogers will start at catcher and bat eighth.
Haase went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Mariners. Manager A.J. Hinch said before the game that Haase was in line for a larger role, and the 28-year-old responded with another good performance and his eighth home run of the season. With Wilson Ramos (spine) and Grayson Greiner (hamstring) both out, Haase should continue to see time at catcher, along with Jake Rogers. Haase can also play in the outfield, and if he's playing regularly and hitting like this, he's worth a flier in fantasy leagues.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch suggested during his appearance Tuesday on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Haase is in store for an expanded role. "I'm going to give him as much playing time as I can," Hinch said. Injuries to Wilson Ramos (spine) and Grayson Greiner (hamstring) facilitated Haase's call-up from Triple-A Toledo on May 12, and the 28-year-old catcher has been a revelation since arriving in Detroit. Through 74 plate appearances, Haase is hitting .265 with seven home runs, three doubles and a triple. A 33.8 percent strikeout rate will make it tough for him to maintain a high batting average, but Haase's power is legitimate and should be enough for him to get steady reps. Haase has thus far split time at catcher with Jake Rogers, who is regarded as the superior defender of the two. Even if the Tigers grow dissatisfied with Haase's work behind the plate, he'll have alternative paths to playing time thanks to his ability to play left field and first base.
Haase went 2-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox. Haase got to Lucas Giolito for a two-run homer in the second inning and connected for a solo shot against Chicago's ace two innings later. Haase, who's now homered three times in the last two games, is hitting .266/.329/.656 with seven long balls and 11 RBI on the campaign.
Haase went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk in Friday's 9-8 loss to the White Sox. Haase failed to reach in his first two at-bats of the night but singled, homered and walked in his final three plate appearances. Friday marked his second multi-hit and multi-RBI performances in his last three games and he's now slashing .250/.318/.567 with five homers, eight RBI and 12 runs scored since being promoted May 12.
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