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Detroit Tigers take ‘conservative’ approach with Tarik Skubal’s arm, Miguel Cabrera’s knee

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the bottom of the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Detroit Tigers didn’t move left-hander Tarik Skubal to a different team before Tuesday’s trade deadline, but on Wednesday, the Tigers moved the 25-year-old to the injured list with left arm fatigue.

But really, Skubal is dealing with inflammation in his left forearm.

“We just have to be very, very conservative with these arm injuries,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “This one is alarming because it’s Tarik Skubal and what he means to the rotation, to the organization. There’s no sense in pushing him until he’s completely asymptomatic and not feeling the tightness that he’s feeling.”

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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tarik Skubal delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the bottom of the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.

Skubal started Monday’s series opener against the Twins, but the Tigers pulled him from his 21st start after he completed five scoreless innings on 77 pitches. He allowed just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Skubal experienced a minimal (but noticeable) decrease in velocity.

Still, he wanted to make his next start.

“My plan is to make my next start,” Skubal said Monday. “I’m going to wake up tomorrow, see where I’m at and then obviously go from there. But my plan is to make the next start, assuming that I’m feeling good. I’m pretty optimistic about that.”

The Tigers decided otherwise.

FULMER TRADE: Tigers trade reliever Michael Fulmer to Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect

GROSSMAN TRADE: Tigers trade Robbie Grossman to Atlanta Braves for left-hander Kris Anglin

Placing Skubal — who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016 at Seattle University — on the injured list allows one of the organization’s best young players to take time in his return and check in with numerous doctors.

“He wants the ball,” Hinch said. “He wants to pitch. It’s a tough conversation because he prides himself on posting every five, six days, but we took it out of his hands.”

Skubal was supposed to start Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. Instead, the Tigers will likely turn to right-hander Bryan Garcia. The ex-closer made his first MLB start last Friday against the Blue Jays in Toronto, allowing two runs across 3⅔ innings.

The Tigers have used 15 starters this season.

And the injuries keep piling on.

“We’re looking at all of it,” Hinch said. “If we…

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