Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) waits for a pitch while taking live batting practice during their summer training camp at Comerica Park in Detroit, on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The Tigers and other MLB teams are working out in effort to start their 2020 season in late July. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have optioned struggling backup catcher Grayson Greiner to the team’s alternate site in Toledo and recalled catcher Eric Haase to take his place.
Haase, 27, is a Detroit-area native who attended high school at Divine Child in Dearborn. He grew up in Westland and currently lives in Livonia.
Haase was selected out of high school by the Indians in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He made his MLB debut in 2018 and hit just .094 (3-for-32) in limited big-league action.
Greiner, 27, has hit .118 (6-for-51) with three walks, 20 strike outs, two doubles and three home runs as the backup to veteran catcher Austin Romine in 2020.
The Tigers selected Greiner out of the University of South Carolina in the third round in 2014.
Both Greiner and Haase are on the 40-man roster, so the move did not require any additional roster shuffling.
In promoting Haase, the Tigers opted to pass over prospect Jake Rogers, 25, who made his Major League debut in 2019 but has not played in Detroit this year.
“I’m sure he’s frustrated,” Gardenhire said of Rogers. “Haase has been the one that’s been on the taxi squad the whole time. He’s got some experience. We know where Jake’s going to be (in 2021). He’s going to be with us, for sure. We want make sure what we’ve got in Haase. We’ll see what he’s got and what he can do right now. And also we wanted to, as they say, give him a little love and let him get in some action, because he’s done everything we’ve asked and now he’s going to get a chance to get some swings.”
The Tigers open up a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Right-handed pitchers (15): Beau Burrows, Anthony Castro, Jose Cisnero, Buck Farmer, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Rony Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Casey Mize, Franklin Perez, Dereck Rodriguez, John Schreiber, Spencer Turnbull, Jordan Zimmermann.
Infielders (9): Sergio Alcantara, Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro (IL), Willi Castro, Niko Goodrum (IL), Isaac Paredes, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short.
RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Dario Agrazal, outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. outfielder JaCoby Jones and first baseman C.J. Cron are on the 45/60-day injured list and do not count against the 40-man roster.
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