Manager Ron Gardenhire said Chiang is dealing with pain in his side or back and has not been throwing as a result, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. The severity of the issue is not yet known, leaving the right-hander without a timeline to resume throwing. Chiang signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers in December after posting a 5.15 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 128:57 K:BB across 131 innings with Triple-A Columbus in 2019.
Chiang signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday. Chiang's deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training, though the Tigers are most likely viewing him as a candidate to slot into the rotation at Triple-A Toledo. The 26-year-old spent the entire 2019 campaign with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, submitting a 5.15 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 128 strikeouts over 131 innings.
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