Tigers place Mize on injured list

Top pitching prospect leaves Thursday's Erie start in the third

Casey Mize had pitched at least five innings in every start this season before Thursday's outing. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano / MiLB.com | June 14, 2019 6:31 PM

Casey Mize's starts are always highly anticipated, but his latest outing hit an early snag. 

The top Tigers prospect left Thursday's appearance after throwing a season-low 2 1/3 innings in Double-A Erie's contest at Reading. According to MLB.com, Mize was pulled due to right shoulder soreness. Detroit placed the right-hander on the injured list on Friday with inflammation in his pitching shoulder.

Tweet from @DetroitTigersPR: Earlier today, RHP Casey Mize underwent an MRI, which was reviewed by Dr. Andrews and Dr. Lemos and both agreed that the films revealed some minor posterior shoulder inflammation. Casey is going to be placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation.

Mize (6-0), making his ninth start in the Eastern League, had to wait nearly two hours two take the ball due to a rain delay. But he set down five of the first six hitters -- notching a pair of strikeouts -- before experiencing issues in the third. 

Video: Mize exits early for Erie

MLB.com's No. 3 prospect got Luke Williams to pop out on one pitch to begin the frame before walking Jose Gomez on six pitches. Mize then left a mid-80s mph pitch up to Henri Lartigue and immediately looked to the visitors' dugout. The coaching staff and athletic trainer TJ Obergefell came out to visit the right-hander, who was lifted for reliever Nolan Blackwood

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The top pick in the 2018 Draft has done nothing short of dominate in his sophomore campaign in the Minors. Mize was 2-0 with a 0.35 ERA in four starts in the Florida State League, then earned a promotion to Erie on April 25. Four days later, he made his debut with a flourish, striking out seven in a no-hitter against Altoona. 

Since the jump to Erie, Mize holds a Double-A best 1.21 ERA. 

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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