Rogers will start at catcher and bat ninth Wednesday against the Royals.
With Grayson Greiner (hamstring) joining Wilson Ramos (back) on the 10-day injured list, Rogers looks poised to serve as the Tigers' top backstop in the interim. Rogers' reign atop the depth chart is expected to last less than a week, as Ramos appears on track to return from the IL when first eligible next Monday.
Rogers was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
The 26-year-old lost the backup job in spring training to Grayson Greiner, but he'll head to the majors Friday with starter Wilson Ramos (back) landing on the injured list. Greiner likely will take over primary duties behind the plate, but Rogers should see occasional opportunities until Ramos can return.
Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
Rogers was battling Grayson Greiner for the backup job behind Wilson Ramos but will wind up losing the contest. Rogers didn't get into a big-league game last season and produced a .125/.222/.259 slash line in his 35-game debut in 2019.
Rogers is just 2-for-18 with nine strikeouts in Grapefruit League play.
Manager A.J. Hinch previously said defense will be the key to Rogers securing the backup catcher role behind Wilson Ramos, but the organization would certainly like to see a little more offense than this. Rogers struggled when he made his MLB debut back in 2019, posting a .125/.222/.259 slash line with 51 strikeouts across 112 at-bats. Until he cuts down on the whiffs, he'll likely continue to post subpar offensive numbers.
Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said Rogers' performance behind the plate will determine his playing time more than his bat, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
"I want him to know that he will lose playing time or lose his spot on this roster more because of what he does on defense," Hinch said. "We have to continue to encourage and get the most out of him defensively. That's his No. 1 priority." Rogers struggled to a .125/.222/.259 line during his 35 games in the majors in 2019, but Hinch's comments indicate that he's looking for a strong defensive catcher as a backup to Wilson Ramos and can live with some hiccups at the plate. Rogers and Grayson Greiner figure to battle for that reserve role this spring, with Greiner the presumed early favorite as the more veteran player.
Rogers and Grayson Greiner will likely compete this spring to serve as the backup catcher in Detroit behind new addition Wilson Ramos, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The Tigers signed Ramos to a one-year deal in January, and although the veteran had a down 2020 campaign, he is set to serve as the top backstop in Detroit. That leaves Rogers to battle with Greiner, unless the team opts to carry three catchers, which seems unlikely at this point. Rogers didn't make an appearance for the Tigers last year, but he did play in 35 games in 2019, slashing .125/.222/.259 with four home runs.
Rogers was reassigned to the Tigers' alternate training site Monday.
Both Rogers and Eric Haase were sent to the alternate site in Toledo, which clears the way for Austin Romine and Grayson Greiner to break summer camp on the active roster. Rogers could have a role on the team's three-player taxi squad for road games, as one spot needs to be used on a catcher, but the 25-year-old is otherwise on the outside looking in at the moment.
Rogers, who was added to the Tigers' 60-player pool Sunday, could get some MLB playing time in relief of Austin Romine and Eric Haase this season, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in March, and it seemed like he was destined to spend much of if not all of the 2020 season there. However, the 25-year-old is now technically back in the majors, and with 60 games coming up in just 66 days, the Tigers may end up needing three catchers. It still wouldn't be wise to expect much from Rogers in 2020 with Romine and Haase around, and 2020 draftee Dillon Dingler complicates his future outlook behind the plate in Detroit.
It's unclear when Rogers may be recalled to the majors, as the Tigers wanted to get him a few hundred at-bats in Triple-A first, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Had play not been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rogers was likely headed for a few months at Triple-A Toledo before returning to Detroit. But without that luxury and with no clear timeline for the season to begin, the 25-year-old catcher might be looking at a 2021 return to the majors. He still figures to be the team's backstop of the future, as the current starter appears to be 31-year-old Austin Romine, who is only on a one-year deal.
Rogers was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.
Rogers was able to make his major-league debut over the second half of 2019, but he struggled against the top-level talent, hitting .125/.222/.259 with four home runs and 51 strikeouts over 35 games. The 24-year-old managed to hit two home runs in seven at-bats during spring training, but the team will opt to give him more time to develop in the minors prior to a potential return to the big leagues at some point in 2020.
Rogers (back) went 1-for-1 with a walk, a two-run home run and two runs scored in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.
Rogers made his first Grapefruit League appearance of the year, as back stiffness had kept him on the sidelines up until Monday. The 24-year-old got off to a nice start as he looks to push for a regular role in the majors, though he's likely behind Austin Romine and Grayson Greiner on the catcher depth chart. Rogers could spend more time at Triple-A this season after posting a rough .125/.222/.259 line in a 35-game MLB debut a year ago.
Rogers (back) is listed as an available reserve on the lineup card for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Grayson Greiner will start behind the plate and will likely catch about half of the game before Rogers comes off the bench to replace him. The 24-year-old has yet to make his spring debut after experiencing back stiffness prior to the Tigers' Feb. 21 exhibition opener, but he should be ready to go for the start of the regular season if he avoids any further setbacks during camp.
Rogers is only expected to miss two or three days with a sore back, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
Initial reports on Rogers' back injury indicated it was nothing serious, and manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed as much Friday. He'll still have plenty of time to make his case for a roster spot, though his .125/.222/.259 line in 35 games as a rookie last season makes him a long shot at best.
Rogers won't be available Friday for the Tigers' exhibition game against Southeastern University due to back stiffness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old had been scheduled to catch in the Tigers' spring opener, but those duties will now fall to Eric Haase. Rogers is being viewed as day-to-day and should be ready to make his Grapefruit League debut at some point next week if the TIgers clear him to resume workouts.
Rogers isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Rogers is 0-for-12 over four games to begin September, so he's in line for another off day Tuesday. Grayson Greiner draws the start behind the dish and will bat eighth.
Rogers is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Oakland.
Rogers struck out in all four at-bats Saturday and will return to the bench for the series finale. Grayson Greiner will start behind the plate for the Tigers.
Rogers is not in the lineup Friday in Oakland.
Rogers' hapless performance at the plate isn't getting any better. He's gone 2-for-48 with 16 strikeouts over his last 15 games. Grayson Greiner will catch Spencer Turnbull on Friday.
Rogers is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.
Rogers has gone hitless in eight of his last nine games and is hitting .111 through 25 games overall. Grayson Greiner starts behind the plate in his absence.
Rogers will start Monday against the Twins after John Hicks was scratched due to illness, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Rogers will get another chance to dig himself out of his very poor start to his big-league career. He's hit just .114/.231/.278 through his first 24 games, but the Tigers are very much playing for the future.
Rogers is not starting Monday against the Twins.
Rogers continues to find himself in the lineup on a fairly frequent basis despite going 2-for-43 with 24 strikeouts over his last 13 games. John Hicks starts behind the plate Monday.
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|05/08||vs MIN||W 7-3||4||0||1||0||2||0||0|
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|2017||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||27||102||17||26||7||1||6||15||9||28||1||0||.255||.336||.520|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||83||313||43||83||18||3||12||55||44||72||13||8||.265||.357||.457|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||2||7||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||.143||.250||.143|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||48||166||29||37||10||1||9||31||18||53||0||0||.223||.321||.458|