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Top Joey Wentz News

  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Shut down for season

    Wentz has been shut down for the remainder of the season for rest purposes, Jason Beck of reports.

    Wentz isn't dealing with an injury, but he won't pitch again in 2021 since the Tigers want to monitor his workload after he underwent Tommy John surgery last year. The southpaw made 18 starts between Low-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie this year, and he recorded a 4.50 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 72 innings.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Reinstated from injured list

    Wentz (elbow) was reinstated from the 7-day minor-league injured list Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Wentz made five rehab appearances for Low-A Lakeland across the last few weeks and posted a 6.75 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 18.2 innings. He's now been cleared to return following his recovery from March 2020 Tommy John surgery, and he'll start for Double-A Erie on Wednesday. If the southpaw performs well at the Double-A level, he could head to Triple-A Toledo at some point.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Begins rehab assignment

    Wentz (elbow) has made three rehab starts for Low-A Lakeland, posting a 7.45 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB in 9.2 innings.

    Wentz was assigned to Triple-A Toledo coming out of spring training, but he has yet to debut for the affiliate while the Tigers continue to ease him back slowly from March 2020 Tommy John surgery. While his results with Lakeland haven't been particularly strong, Wentz at least looks to have avoided setbacks in the build-up process. He's covered four innings in each of his last two outings for Lakeland, so he could soon be ready to slot back into the Toledo rotation.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Optioned to Triple-A

    Wentz (elbow) was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.

    The 23-year-old was in major-league camp but is still working through his throwing program as he makes his return from March 2020 Tommy John surgery. Wentz previously said he may be able to begin a rehab assignment in late April or early May.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Could return in late May

    Wentz (elbow) said Saturday that he could begin a rehab assignment in late April or early May, Jason Beck of reports.

    Wentz has ramped up his throwing program early in spring training and began mound work Friday. He underwent Tommy John surgery last March but was optimistic about his status Saturday and said that he hopes to be back on an active roster by late May or early June. Whether he's able to meet his goals depends on his progress during camp, but the southpaw has been on the right track so far.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Beginning mound work

    Wentz (elbow) will play catch off a mound Friday, Jason Beck of reports.

    It's a significant step for the 23-year-old as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery in March of 2020. Wentz could return to game action over the summer if all goes well in his recovery over the upcoming months.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Throwing from 120 feet

    Wentz (elbow) has been throwing from 120 feet, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Wentz is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, a procedure he underwent back in March of 2020. He appears to be making good progress, though a typical recovery timeline would still keep him out of game action for the first few months of the upcoming season.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Joins 40-man roster

    Wentz (elbow) had his contract selected to the Tigers' 40-man roster Friday.

    The 23-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in March, but Detroit still opted to protect him from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster before Friday's deadline. Wentz is unlikely to be available before the second half of 2021, so he figures to be moved to the 60-day injured list at some point.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Rehabbing in Florida

    Wentz (elbow) is beginning his rehab from Tommy John surgery at the Tigers' spring training facility in Florida, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Wentz underwent the procedure in mid-March, and he is now one of just three Detroit players currently still in Lakeland, joining Michael Fulmer (elbow) and Shao-Ching Chiang. The 22-year-old will of course ease into activity, but he should be able to continue his rehab work in relative isolation while MLB play is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Wentz will still likely be out until the second half of the 2021 season.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Opts for Tommy John

    The Tigers announced that Wentz (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery in Florida on Wednesday.

    Wentz was shut down early in camp with a forearm strain, but he had recently been cleared to resume throwing before Major League Baseball suspended spring training last week. The lefty apparently wasn't quite feeling right in his workouts, prompting the Tigers to send him in for follow-up tests that revealed he was dealing with a torn UCL. Detroit estimates that Wentz require 14-to-16 months to recover from the injury, meaning the 22-year-old will likely be sidelined until the second half of the 2021 season.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Placed on no-throw regimen

    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that an MRI cleared Wentz of any structural damage to his left forearm, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The 22-year-old will be shut down for 10 days before being re-evaluated.

    Wentz was sent in for the MRI after complaining of forearm soreness while he tossed a live batting practice session Tuesday. While the youngster appears to have avoided a major setback, the shutdown period could make it difficult for him to gain clearance to pitch in any games before the Tigers' Grapefruit League slate comes to a close. Though he's attending camp with the big club, Wentz is expected to report to Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo once spring training wraps up.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Ends batting practice early

    Wentz ended his live batting practice session early Monday after experiencing forearm soreness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    Wentz downplayed the severity of the issue, saying it was just fatigue and that he wasn't worried about it. Despite the southpaw's optimism, it's unclear whether Wentz will be forced to miss any extra time during spring training.

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  • Tigers' Joey Wentz: Shipped to Detroit

    Wentz was traded from the Braves to the Tigers along with Travis Demeritte in exchange for Shane Greene, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

    The 21-year-old lefty was the 40th overall pick in 2016, but his stock has slipped since then. He has a 4.72 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 100:45 K:BB in 103 innings at Double-A. It's possible that he could rebound with this change of scenery and develop into a back-end starter for the Tigers.

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  • Braves' Joey Wentz: Dominating at Double-A

    Wentz gave up one run on three hits and two walks over 5.2 innings for Double-A Mississippi on Sunday. He struck out eight.

    It's been an up-and-down season for the 21-year-old lefty, as reflected in his 4.34 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, but something seems to have clicked for Wentz over his last four starts. He's posted a sparkling 1.03 ERA and 35:11 K:BB through 24.1 innings over that stretch, striking out at least eight batters in each start, and if he can maintain that kind of dominance he could get his feet wet at Triple-A before the year is through.

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  • Braves' Joey Wentz: Dazzles at Double-A

    Wentz allowed a hit and a walk through seven scoreless innings while striking out five for Double-A Mississippi on Thursday.

    The southpaw was perfect through six innings before finally walking a batter in the seventh. Wentz has had an erratic start to the year in his first look at Double-A, posting a 4.13 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 23:11 K:BB through 24 innings, but this performance gives a glimpse of his upside. Still only 21 years old, Atlanta has no reason to rush Wentz up the ladder, but if his development continues he could put himself in consideration for a big-league debut in 2020.

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  • Braves' Joey Wentz: Back in action at High-A

    Wentz (undisclosed) allowed one run on three hits and a walk across 2.1 innings in a start for High-A Florida on June 13.

    Wentz had been sidelined since May 11 with an undisclosed injury prior to rejoining the Fire Frogs' rotation last week. The young southpaw now has a 3.77 ERA through eight starts this season.

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  • Braves' Joey Wentz: Out with undisclosed injury

    Wentz (undisclosed) has not pitched since May 11.

    He got pounded in his last outing, almost a month ago, giving up five runs on two hits and six walks in just 1.2 innings, so it seems like he probably suffered an injury during that outing. The nature of the injury and timetable for his return are unclear. He has a 3.77 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 23:19 K:BB in 28.2 innings for High-A Florida.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 209 lbs
Birthplace: Lawrence, KS
Age: 24
Bats/Throws: L, L