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Ryan Kreidler dealt with injuries in 2023 and could never really get going for the Tigers. He started the year on the MLB roster but was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in April. He then went on the injured list due to knee soreness and ultimately missed extended time following core-muscle surgery. When he finally got healthy later in the summer, Kreidler returned to action for Toledo, where he ended up playing 49 games. The utility player only appeared in 11 games for Detroit, recording two hits in 18 at-bats. Kreidler saw a bit more MLB run in 2022, playing in 26 games with the Tigers, but he had similar struggles at the plate, slashing just .178/.244/.233 in those contests. Unless the 26-year-old starts to show more offensive upside, he likely will remain off the fantasy radar. Heading into 2024, Kreidler will compete with the likes of Nick Maton, Andy Ibanez and others for a utility role in Detroit. Given his ineffective and injury-marred 2023 campaign, Kreidler will probably once again spend a good chunk of time in the minors this season.

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2023 0.5 2 .111
2022 261 8 1 6 6 .178
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Diagnosed with fractured finger

    Kreidler has been diagnosed with a fractured right index finger, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Kreidler had already been placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Toledo and subsequent testing has revealed the fracture. He's still being evaluated, so it's not clear how long he might be out, but certainly he won't be an option for the Tigers for quite a while.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Moves to injured list

    Kreidler (hand) was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Kreidler was unavailable the past few days due to the injury and will now be sidelined for at least the next week. He was sent for medical testing Sunday, the results of which remain unclear.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Tending to hand injury

    Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said Kreidler hasn't been available for Triple-A Toledo since Thursday after being hit in the hand by a pitch, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Hinch noted that Kreidler is undergo further testing as the Tigers look to learn more about the extent of the injury. The 26-year-old infielder went hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the season with Toledo before getting hit in the hand.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Sent to Toledo

    The Tigers optioned Kreidler to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. Kreidler was in the race for the final bench spot on Detroit's Opening Day roster and slashed .355/.500/.548 during Grapefruit League play, but he will ultimately miss the cut. Kreidler posted an .809 OPS across 209 Triple-A plate appearances last season, and a similar start in 2024 could earn him a promotion to the big leagues relatively quickly.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: May be vying for last bench spot

    Kreidler is one of several players who figure to compete for Detroit's final bench spot this spring along with Keston Hiura, Eddys Leonard and others, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Hiura joined the team on Friday via a non-roster invite to camp, while Leonard has yet to appear in the majors, so Kreidler may have the inside track after appearing in 37 games for the Tigers over the past two seasons. However, he's a career .165 hitter, so if the team can get more offense from someone else, Kreidler may be squeezed off the roster. He's not on the fantasy radar at this point given his lack of production and likely small role.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Returns to action at Triple-A

    Kreidler (core) has gone 3-for-13 with a double and a stolen base in three games for Triple-A Toledo since being reinstated from the 7-day injured list Thursday. Kreidler rejoined the Toledo lineup Thursday for his first appearance with the affiliate since April 26 after a prolonged absence due to knee soreness and then core-muscle surgery. The 25-year-old infielder remains on the Tigers' 40-man roster and could be in the mix for a late-season call-up if he can stay healthy at Triple-A and produce well at the plate.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Rehabbing at Single-A

    Kreidler (abdomen) moved his rehab assignment to Single-A Lakeland on Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in his first game with the affiliate. Kreidler remains on Triple-A Toledo's 7-day injured list but appears on track to be activated this week or next. He hit .300 with three home runs, two stolen bases and 12 RBI in eight games for Toledo before being deactivated in late April after picking up a knee injury and then undergoing core-muscle surgery.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Recovering from core-muscle surgery

    The Tigers announced Wednesday that Kreidler (knee) recently underwent core-muscle surgery, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Kreidler was placed on Triple-A Toledo's 7-day injured list April 28 due to knee soreness, but he was cleared to begin a rehab assignment with High-A West Michigan just under a month later. He played in five games in the Midwest League before being pulled off the assignment two weeks ago, presumably on account of the core-muscle injury. Kreidler is in the midst of daily treatment and is taking part in physical therapy following the recent procedure, but he's without a clear timeline to resume playing in games.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Starting rehab assignment

    Kreidler (knee) is beginning a rehab assignment with High-A West Michigan on Friday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports. Kreidler has been on the injured list at Triple-A Toledo all month because of a sore knee. He'll rejoin Toledo once he's deemed ready but could push to rejoin the major-league club later this season.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Lands on Triple-A injured list

    Triple-A Toledo placed Kreidler on its 7-day injured list Friday due to knee soreness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Kreidler likely would have been in consideration for a call-up to the big leagues after Kerry Carpenter (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, but Kreidler's own knee issue explains why the Tigers opted to promote Zack Short from Triple-A to fill the vacancy on the 26-man active roster. Provided Kreider's knee injury isn't anything more than soreness, he should be ready to return to action with Toledo within the next two weeks. After being optioned to Triple-A on April 15, Kreidler had slashed .300/.382/.600 across 34 plate appearances in his first eight games with Toledo.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Optioned to Triple-A

    Kreidler was optioned Saturday to Triple-A Toledo. Kreidler was just 2-for-18 (.111) with two singles and seven strikeouts through 11 games this season with Detroit.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Seems likely to make team

    With the Tigers optioning Akil Baddoo and Zack Short to Triple-A Toledo on Monday, Kreidler has a clearer path to an Opening Day roster spot. Kreidler is versatile enough to play across the infield and in the outfield, and that appeared to give him the edge over Baddoo and Short. Even if he sticks on the roster into the regular season, Kreidler is unlikely to have a huge fantasy impact after recording a .477 OPS across 26 games with the Tigers last year.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Productive Sunday

    Kreidler went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins. Batting second, Kreidler made his presence felt. The infielder is battling for a reserve role this spring, though he'd likely make the team based on his defensive versatility, as he batted just .178 in 26 games for the Tigers in 2022. However, Kreidler looked better in the box at the Triple-A level the last two seasons, so perhaps he can improve his offensive production in the majors. Even if that happens, Kreidler will remain off the fantasy radar unless he's able to secure regular playing time.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Could earn reserve role

    Kreidler may make the Tigers' Opening Day roster in a reserve role, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The Tigers have some roster uncertainty, particularly with Nick Maton and Matt Vierling coming over in the trade for reliever Gregory Soto. Kreidler played in 26 games for Detroit last year and batted just .178, though his defensive versatility could help him carve out a utility role off the bench. The righty Kreidler could also settle into a platoon role at second or third, possibly with the left-handed-hitting Maton.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Starting Sunday

    Kreidler is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Twins. Kreidler picks up a start with Javier Baez getting the day game off. The rookie is stuck in a reserve role and is slashing just .190/.243/.254 this season, so he doesn't figure to offer a ton of fantasy value Sunday. He'll likely have to settle for a similar role in 2023 with Baez locked up on a six-year deal that he signed last offseason.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: On bench Saturday

    Kreidler isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox. Kreidler is out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games after he went 2-for-4 with a strikeout Friday. Jeimer Candelario will start at the hot corner and bat seventh.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Sitting in second straight

    Kreidler is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Orioles. Kreidler will sit for the second day in a row after producing an ugly .182/.255/.273 slash line over his first 52 plate appearances of his big-league career. In light of his struggles, the 24-year-old rookie may be in danger of moving into more of a part-time role over the final two weeks of the season.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Catches breather Tuesday

    Kreidler is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Orioles. Kreidler snapped out of a slump by reaching base three times and driving in three runs Monday, but that did not prevent him from being held out one day later.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Added to Saturday's lineup

    Kreidler was added to the lineup for Saturday's game against the White Sox. Kreidler was slated to get a day off Saturday, but he'll start at shortstop and bat seventh since Javier Baez (undisclosed) was scratched. Kreidler has hit just .189 with a home run, a double, four runs and two RBI over 11 games this month.
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  • Tigers' Ryan Kreidler: Takes seat Saturday

    Kreidler isn't starting Saturday against the White Sox. Kreidler went 0-for-7 with a run and three strikeouts over the last two matchups and will head to the bench for the second time in the last four games. Harold Castro is starting at third base and batting cleanup.
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