Candelario and fellow third baseman Dawel Lugo could both make the Tigers' Opening Day roster if teams get to keep more than 26 players, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
It is expected that teams will be able to start the year with as many as 30 players. This could allow both Candelario and Lugo to make the final cut, when previously it was thought that one of the two might get waived, as both are out of options. Candelario was thought to be leading the battle for the starting third base job, but a few extra roster spots would likely remove any doubt about him having a role on the team.
Candelario went 1-for-2 with a home run in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates.
The home run was the second of the spring for Candelario, who has mostly struggled with a .143 average and .536 OPS. Dawel Lugo finished last season as the Tigers' primary third baseman, and the two are competing for the role in camp, though Candelario could also potentially snag some playing time at first.
Candelario is expected to compete with Dawel Lugo for the starting job at third base, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Candelario broke camp as the Tigers' starting third baseman last season, though he spent most of the year shuttling between the majors and minors due to his struggles with the big club (.203/.306/.337 slash line in 386 plate appearances). Unless Candelario shows a marked improvement against big-league pitching, he seems more likely to open the season as a reserve option at the corner infield spots.
Candelario is not starting in Sunday's game against the White Sox.
Candelario takes a seat with Ronny Rodriguez starting at third base and John Hicks manning first. Candelario has gotten regular playing time at first with Dawel Lugo taking over the primary role at third, though neither young player has broken out in 2019. The Tigers will be looking for the 25-year-old Candelario to take a big step forward in 2020 to warrant staying in a prominent role.
Candelario is not in Thursday's lineup against the Twins.
He is 5-for-27 (.185) with one home run over his last 10 games. John Hicks will start at first base and hit sixth.
Candelario went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk Sunday in the Tigers' 6-3 win over the White Sox.
A third baseman for most of his career, Candelario has moved across the diamond late in the season in preparation for a potential full-time role at the position in 2020. Any chance Candelario has at holding down an everyday gig for the entirety of next season will hinge of his performance at the plate, where he's steadily declined the past two years. Though he turned in a solid series against the White Sox, Candelario is slashing just .201/.304/.333 over 372 plate appearances in 2019.
Candelario (triceps) is starting at first base and hitting fifth Thursday against the Indians.
He appeared off the bench as a defensive replacement Wednesday but did not get an at-bat. Candelario is 7-for-37 (.189) with zero home runs in 12 games this month.
Candelario (triceps) will sit Wednesday against Cleveland.
Candelario was scratched Tuesday after getting hit in the triceps the day before. He'll sit for a second day in a row Wednesday, with Brandon Dixon starting at first base.
Candelario was scratched from the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland after getting hit in the triceps Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The severity of the injury is not yet clear, but he'll miss at least one start. Ronny Rodriguez enters the lineup at first base.
Candelario will sit again Sunday against the Orioles, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Candelario owns an unimpressive .200/.349/.314 slash line in 10 games this September. John Hicks starts at first base for the second game in a row.
Candelario is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles.
He is hitting .219 with zero home runs in 32 at-bats this month. John Hicks will start at first base and hit seventh.
Candelario went 3-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday's 12-11 win over the Yankees.
Everyone was hitting for Detroit in this one, as the Tigers rattled off 16 hits as a team. Candelario is batting just .202 this season, but the rebuilding Tigers figure to give the 25-year-old plenty of opportunities down the stretch as they turn their attention to 2020. Candelario has recently picked up more starts at first base with Dawel Lugo emerging as the primary option at third.
Candelario will sit Saturday in Oakland.
Candelario started the last four games at first base, going 3-for-15 at the plate. Brandon Dixon will get the start there Saturday.
Candelario went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Royals.
Making his second straight start at first base, Candelario had a productive evening from the No. 5 spot in the lineup. The 25-year-old is slashing just .203/.291/.335 in the majors this season, though his .320/.416/.588 line in 39 games with Triple-A Toledo lends some degree of optimism that he could finish the year strong with the Tigers.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that Candelario will play "a lot" at first base down the stretch, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Candelario slotted in at first base and the five hole in the batting order Tuesday against lefty Mike Montgomery, and he will occupy those same spots Wednesday against right-hander Jakob Junis. While his numbers at the major-league level are downright bad, Candelario had a .320/.416/.588 line in his 39 games with Triple-A Toledo this year. The Tigers have every reason to play Candelario over the likes of Jordy Mercer and John Hicks, to evaluate his standing on the roster.
Candelario was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Candelario will rejoin the Tigers for the remainder of the season after hitting .303 with four home runs, five doubles and a .971 OPS in his most recent minor-league stint (17 games). The switch-hitting third baseman has struggled across 73 games with the big club this year, slashing .198/.289/.326 with seven home runs and 24 RBI.
Candelario (thumb) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Candelario recorded multiple hits in three of his last four rehab games with Toledo and homered Thursday, but he had been in a bad way before landing on the IL (.156/.235/.234 in his last 20 games), so the Tigers will keep him down and have him work out the kinks until rosters expand. Dawel Lugo has been starting at third base for the big-league club.
Candelario (thumb) reported to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday to begin a rehab assignment, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Candelario was cleared to resume all baseball activities earlier this weekend and apparently came out of his workouts with no renewed pain in his sprained left thumb, prompting the Tigers to clear him for minor-league action. It's unclear how many games Candelario will play at Triple-A before being activated, but he shouldn't be in store for a lengthy assignment since the injury has only sidelined him for a week and a half.
Candelario (thumb) resumed all baseball activities earlier this week, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
With Candelario's sprained left thumb apparently no longer hindering him in the field or when he swings, he should be ready to begin a rehab assignment in the coming days. The Tigers have been using Dawel Lugo as their primary third baseman since Candelario landed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 6.
Candelario (thumb) is set to receive a CT scan, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The Tigers are expecting Candelario to be out for an extended time but would like clarification on the injury due to the soreness he continues to experience. Officially placed on the injured list Tuesday, there is no timetable for Candelario's return.
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