LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Greene exited Friday’s spring training game with a foot injury.
He is awaiting the results of X-rays.
The severity of his injury is unclear.
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Facing New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole, Greene fouled a pitch off the inside part of his foot before hitting a sixth-pitch changeup for a triple to center field in the third inning.
Greene stayed on the bases and came around to score, but after the third, he was removed from the game and limped down the right-field line with a trainer. Eric De La Rosa replaced him in the lineup.
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The 21-year-old 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. He has a .500 on-base percentage and 1.048 slugging percentage.
Greene is the Tigers’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and the No. 5 prospect in baseball. First baseman Spencer Torkelson is the No. 1 prospect in the farm system and the No. 4 prospect in baseball.
Last season in the minor leagues, Greene hit .301 with 25 doubles, eight triples, 24 homers, 84 RBIs, 63 walks and 153 strikeouts in 124 games for Double-A Erie (84 games) and Triple-A Toledo (40 games) . He also stole 16 bases.
For the Mud Hens, he hit .308 with eight homers.
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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.
The starting outfield could be Greene in center field, Akil Baddoo in left field and Robbie Grossman in right field. If Greene doesn’t make the Opening Day roster, the door opens for both Derek Hill and Victor Reyes to break camp with the Tigers, rather than just one of them.
Hill is recovering from a hamstring injury.
Reyes is healthy.
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