Torkelson (head) will start at first base and bat seventh in Sunday's game against the Royals. The prized rookie was hit in the head by a pitch in Friday's series opener and sat out Saturday's 4-3 win as a result, but he apparently passed all concussion tests in advance of Sunday's contest and will reclaim his spot in the lineup. Torkelson closed June with a .167/.224/.205 slash line and hasn't demonstrated the improvement the Tigers were counting on after what had been an already rough start to his big-league career.
Torkelson (head) isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals. Torkelson was removed from Friday's game against Kansas City after he was hit in the head by a pitch, and he'll be out of the lineup for at least one additional matchup. It's not clear whether he'll be available off the bench, but Kody Clemens will start at first base and bat eighth.
Torkelson left Friday's game against the Royals after getting hit in the head by a pitch, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The pitch appeared to catch the ear flap on Torkelson's helmet, Woodbery reports, preventing further damage. The rookie first baseman appears to have avoided a concussion but is expected to head to the bench Saturday.
Torkelson isn't starting Saturday against Arizona. Torkelson went 1-for-11 with a walk and a strikeout over the last three games and will get a breather Saturday. Harold Castro is starting at first base and batting fifth.
Speaking of post-hype breakout candidates, Torkelson was one of the most touted rookies in the league entering the season but has found himself overmatched in his first few months in the majors. That hasn't really dimmed my long-term expectations for the 22-year-old, who now has multiple hits in three straight games. It's a small sample size, obviously, but when it comes to a player as talented as Torkelson – he hit .267/.383/.552 with 30 homers in 121 minor-league games since being the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft – I'm willing to buy in on any signs of greatness, even small flashes.
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