Manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that he anticipates Greiner serving as the Tigers' everyday catcher in 2019, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. Gardenhire added that John Hicks is viewed as Greiner's backup and could see some time at first base. Greiner played in 30 games during his major-league debut with Detroit this past season and hit just .219/.328/.281 with six doubles and 12 RBI in 116 plate appearances. The 26-year-old underwent surgery on his right wrist in mid-October but is expected to be fully recovered by spring training.
Greiner was diagnosed with a bone chip in his right wrist and will undergo surgery to repair the issue Tuesday. Greiner recently suffered the injury during batting practice in the Dominican Winter League. The catcher should be fully recovered by the time spring training rolls around, but this will obviously sideline him from any activities for the near future. In 2018, he slashed .219/.328/.281 with 12 RBI in 30 games during his first taste of the big leagues.
Greiner injured his wrist playing in the Dominican Winter League, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. Greiner apparently injured his wrist during batting practice, prompting Leones del Escogido to replace him on their roster with Austin Bossart. Specifics regarding the issue remain unclear at the moment, as does a potential timetable for his return.
Greiner was recalled by the Tigers on Wednesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Greiner will be called on as the Tigers' backup catcher with John Hicks out with a groin strain. Greiner hit an unimpressive .229/.296/.292 in 14 games with the Tigers earlier this season, though his .266/.350/.405 line for Triple-A Toledo is solid.
Greiner was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Monday. Greiner hit just .229/.296/.292 in 14 games with the Tigers. The move leaves starting first baseman John Hicks as the Tigers' only backup catcher behind James McCann. Jim Adduci will have his contract selected from Triple-A in a corresponding move.