LAKELAND, Fla. — Riley Greene’s exciting crescendo to his MLB debut has come to a crashing halt.
The 21-year-old outfielder suffered a fracture in his right foot Friday, after fouling a pitch off it, and will be out for next week’s Opening Day and beyond. The injury won’t require surgery, Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Saturday morning, and Greene is wearing a protective boot.
Greene was removed from Friday’s 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees after the third inning.
Facing Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole, Greene fouled a pitch off the inside part of his foot. He stayed in the game, drilled a sixth-pitch changeup for a triple and later scored for the Tigers’ first run.
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Greene, the Tigers’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline and the No. 5 prospect in baseball, left the dugout with a trainer after the third inning ended, limping down the right-field line.
He underwent X-rays and medical tests.
A healthy Greene projects as the Tigers’ Opening Day center fielder, though the Tigers haven’t officially determined his assignment for the 2022 season. General manager Al Avila has said service time will not be a factor in the organization’s decision.
Greene is hitting .429 (9-for-21) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, four RBIs, three walks and six strikeouts in 11 games this spring, with a .500 on-base percentage and 1.048 slugging percentage.
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