Skubal (undisclosed) was cleared to join the Tigers' 60-player pool and was assigned to the alternate training site. The 23-year-old has been absent from summer training for undisclosed reasons and was on the injured list, but he's now set to begin working out at the alternate site. Skubal figures to require some time before reaching game readiness, but he was never likely to see the majors early in the season since he's never seen action at the Triple-A level. The left-hander started 2019 at High-A Lakeland but earned a promotion to Double-A Erie, where he posted a 2.13 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 82:18 K:BB over 42.1 innings.
Skubal was placed on the 10-day injured list for undisclosed reasons Friday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Privacy concerns prevent the Tigers from specifying whether or not Skubal's absence is due to COVID-19. It's not clear when he's expected back on the field. The promising young lefty could play a role in the majors at some point this season, though he's yet to reach Triple-A and has only made nine Double-A starts.
Skubal hasn't yet reported to the Tigers' camp for an undisclosed reason, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Pitching coach Rick Anderson said Tuesday that Skubal and Alex Faedo still haven't reported to camp, although he was unable to provide a reason behind their absences. Skubal is listed as part of the Tigers' 60-man roster, but it's unclear whether the team plans to use him in the majors this year. A timeline for the southpaw to report to camp remains to be seen.
Skubal will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season. Skubal, along with fellow top pitching prospects Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Alex Faedo, made Detroit's 60-man roster. The Tigers are unlikely to rush any of them into MLB action, but they're all now eligible to play in the majors this season. Skubal could potentially play sooner versus later if the team decides to use him as a left-handed weapon out of the bullpen, much like the Brewers have done with Josh Hader the past few seasons.
Skubal will likely be on the Tigers' 20-man taxi squad when the regular season gets underway, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Skubal is one of the Tigers' prized pitching prospects, joining Matt Manning and Casey Mize. All three seem destined for the taxi squad, where they'll be able to continue their development in the likely absence of a minor league season. Skubal had a productive 2019 campaign split between High-A and Double-A, working entirely as a starter. The organization likely wants him to remain a starter long term, but the lefty could serve as an effective bullpen weapon sooner versus later if the club wants to go in that direction.
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