Candelario went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
Candelario started at third base in this one, but Isaac Paredes, who has been delayed this spring by visa issues, is likely to get regular playing time there moving forward. That could push Candelario over to first, where Renato Nunez will also be competing for at-bats. Candelario had a solid 2020 campaign, posting a career-best .872 OPS in 52 games, so he should play regularly no matter where he finds himself defensively.
Candelario arrived at Tigers camp Saturday and participated in fielding drills, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Candelario was one of several Detroit position players to arrive early, as full-squad workouts don't start until Monday. The 27-year-old might be preparing for increased competition at first base with the Tigers adding Renato Nunez on a minor-league deal this month. Candelario performed well in a shortened 2020 season, finishing with a career-best .872 OPS along with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 52 games, so he should get the first crack at first base, though Nunez and his 43 home runs the past two years looms as a threat to his playing time.
Candelario (back) and the Tigers reached a one-year, $2.85 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Candelario missed the final three games of the regular season in 2020 due to a lower-back strain, but he impressed during the abbreviated season. He had a career-best .297/.369/.503 slash line with seven home runs and 29 RBI and will likely be ready for spring training in 2021.
Candelario landed on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain Friday.
The injury which forced Candelario to exit Thursday's game will wind up ending his season prematurely. It was quite an encouraging season from him at the plate, as he hit .297/.369/.503 in 206 plate appearances. Harold Castro will be the first baseman and cleanup hitter Friday against the Royals.
Candelario left Thursday's game against the Royals with lower-back tightness and is considered day-to-day.
Jorge Bonifacio entered the game in left field with Brandon Dixon shifting to first base. Candelario will look to make it back in the lineup at some point during the regular season's closing weekend.
Candelario went 3-for-5 with two runs scored during Tuesday's 6-0 victory over the Royals.
Candelario stranded four men on base, but nonetheless had a productive outing. He has raked over his last 15 games, slashing .404/.483/.673 with three home runs. He improved his average to .333 for the season.
Candelario hit home runs in both ends of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, going a combined 5-for-6 with a walk, a double, two homers and five RBI.
After supplying the Tigers' only offense in the matinee with a two-run blast, Candelario kicked off a comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the nightcap with a sixth-inning solo shot. After the huge performance, the 26-year-old is now slashing .333/.389/.590 with seven homers and 28 RBI through 40 games.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and four RBI in Tuesday's win versus Milwaukee.
Candelario drove home half of Detroit's runs in the victory, plating a pair of runners with a single in the fifth inning and driving home two more with a homer to right field in the seventh. The 26-year-old has been hot over his last three games, going 7-for-12 with four extra-base hits and five runs scored. If he is able to keep up his current pace, his .319/.374/.541 slash line will blow away his previous career-best numbers.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Twins.
Minnesota starter Michael Pineda only allowed three hits across seven innings, but two of them were doubles into the left field corner by Candelario. The 26-year-old infielder is enjoying something of a breakout campaign in 2020, as he's now batting .313 with an .890 OPS to go along with four home runs, 19 RBI and 21 runs scored in 36 games.
Candelario went 0-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins.
Candelario had a base knock in Game 1, so he was 1-for-5 for the day. The steal was a surprise, as Candelario had stolen just six bases in 312 career big-league games to that point. Candelario is batting .358/.433/.585 with three homers in his last 15 games and has been batting cleanup for the Tigers, so while we can't expect many more steals the rest of the way, Candelario is showing enough to warrant consideration even in shallow fantasy formats.
Candelario went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Twins.
Candelario took Kenta Maeda deep in the fourth inning for his fourth home run of the season. The Detroit first baseman is 8-for-17 with two home runs across his last five games and now has an .866 OPS this year, making his slow start to the 2020 campaign look like a distant memory.
Candelario went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Twins.
After reaching base three times (1-for-2 with two walks) and scoring two runs in the matinee to help the Tigers to an 8-2 win, Candelario took Trevor May deep in the third inning of the nightcap to get Detroit on the board and on its way to a sweep of the twin bill. The 26-year-old is having something of a breakout in 2020, slashing .298/.342/.500 with three homers and 14 RBI over 28 games.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Friday's 10-5 win over Cleveland.
Candelario was not one of the three Detroit players to go deep in the big win, but he was still productive at the plate. After a rough start to the season, he's now slashing .282/.325/.487 with 10 RBI and 11 runs scored in 21 games. His .812 OPS would easily be a new career best if he can sustain it. Candelario should continue to play regularly at first base with C.J. Cron (knee) out for the rest of the season.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the White Sox.
Detroit changed up its lineup in this one, moving Candelario up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season. The 26-year-old responded with a strong performance, and he's looked better lately after a slow start to the year. Over his last 12 games, Candelario is batting .327 with two home runs, eight RBI and 10 runs scored.
Candelario will serve as the Tigers' everyday first baseman after C.J. Cron (knee) elected to have season-ending surgery Saturday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Candelario had already seen the majority of playing time at third base to begin the season, but he'll serve as the everyday first baseman going forward. The 26-year-old has recorded multiple hits in five of his last nine contests while posting a 1.156 OPS with six extra-base hits and five RBI during that time.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI in Monday's 5-1 win over the White Sox.
Candelario has turned things around after starting the season by going 0-for-17 across his first five games. In six games since then, the Detroit third baseman has gone 10-for-22 with a home run, four runs scored and five RBI.
Candelario went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI in Friday's 17-13 extra-innings win over the Pirates.
The RBI were his first of the season. Candelario began the season by digging an 0-for-17 hole with nine strikeouts, but he appears to be finding a groove -- Friday's outburst was his second multi-hit performance in the last three games.
Candelario is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Reds.
The Tigers managed only four hits during the first game, with Candelario going 2-for-3 with a triple. He entered Sunday's twin bill hitless in 19 plate appearances. Dawel Lugo will start Game 2 at the hot corner.
Candelario is not in the lineup Friday against the Reds.
Candelario sits for the third time in the season's first eight games. He's gone hitless in 17 at-bats so far, striking out nine times, hardly helping his case for an everyday role. Harold Castro gets the nod at third base in his absence.
Candelario went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts against the Royals Wednesday and is hitless in 13 at-bats this season.
This wasn't the start Candelario was looking for, especially with Dawel Lugo, Harold Castro and Jordy Mercer all options to play at third base. The Tigers will likely show some patience with the 26-year-old, but Candelario could really use a hot streak to make sure he doesn't shift to more of a bench role moving forward.
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|09/24||@ KC||L 7-8||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||@ MIN||L 6-7||4||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/22||@ MIN||L 4-5||3||0||1||0||1||2||0|
|09/20||vs CLE||L 4-7||3||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/19||vs CLE||W 5-2||3||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|09/18||vs CLE||L 0-1||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/17||vs CLE||L 3-10||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2013||AFX-Kane County Cougars||130||500||71||128||35||1||11||57||68||88||1||0||.256||.346||.396|
|2014||AFX-Kane County Cougars||63||244||32||61||19||3||6||37||18||45||0||1||.250||.300||.426|
|2015||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||82||318||42||86||25||3||5||39||20||62||0||1||.270||.318||.415|
|2017||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||29||121||13||32||9||1||3||19||5||32||1||0||.265||.297||.430|
|2018||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||2||8||3||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||0||0||.250||.333||.250|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||39||153||30||49||10||2||9||33||22||35||0||0||.320||.416||.588|