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Brennan Boesch day-to-day after tweaking right oblique

Feb 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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Noah Trister of the Associated Press reports that Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked a right oblique muscle on Saturday while swinging a bat.

He was held out of workouts on Sunday and might not be ready for action again until later this week.

Boesch agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Tigers back in mid-January, avoiding salary arbitration, but he is not locked into a starting job for the 2013 season and can’t do much to change that.

The 27-year-old batted just .240/.286/.372 in 503 plate appearances last summer for Detroit and will serve as a reserve this year behind starting left fielder Andy Dirks, starting center fielder Austin Jackson and starting right fielder Torii Hunter.

The oblique injury should be a non-issue by the opening of the Grapefruit League schedule.

  1. historiophiliac - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Yep, that face says it all.

  2. jwbiii - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Like the first crocuses sprouting, the first oblique injury is a sure sign of spring.

  3. Minoring In Baseball - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This will probably but him behind a little bit in getting his bat ready for the season. We’re all hoping he can find his old form and help the Tigers out with his power. All the best in his recovery.
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  4. joerymi - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    + First half of rookie year: Looked like a budding star.

    + Second half of rookie year: Looked like a below average bench player.

    + Second season: Looked like an above average hitter. Was missed greatly in the playoffs.

    + Third season: Just plain awful.

    I have no idea what to expect with this guy.

    • paperlions - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      If you look at Boesch’s peripherals, he’s been pretty much the same hitter his entire career. Doesn’t walk, Ks at about a league average rate, some power….the only thing that has really bounced around is his BABIP, which went from .297 to .315 to .284. There isn’t anything in his MiLB stats that indicate he could be a high BABIP hitter, that .315 (and associated .341 OBP) is probably about as good as you can expect from him….given his hit tool and speed, he’s probably a sub-300 BABIP player going forward.

      • joerymi - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:13 AM

        I would be interested in a breakdown of his rookie year because it was a tale of two seasons, but I will concede that every rookie deals with it that on some level, although I doubt many are as drastic.

        But the differences I am seeing in 2011 and 2012 seems more drastic to me.

        His K/BB is at about league average, maybe a tick below, and has been fairly consistent.

        But 2011 vs. 2012, his K% was 3.1% higher, while having a BB% 2.2% lower. Nothing too crazy, but enough for me to wonder which player will be suiting up. His O-Swing% has been consistently brutal, and not a good sign. His wOBA had a significant drop of .060. In that category, he went from above average to well below (h/t FanGraphs).

        It wasn’t only his BABIP that really bounced around. Drastic differences (all lower in 2012) in OPS+ of 39, wRC+ of 40, wRAA (Not intended to be redundant) of 23. The differences in numbers aside, he went from above average to below in these categories.

        The differences in power are there as well. His 2011 ISO was a very respectable .175 to a less than stellar .132. I will concede I was shocked that he only had 4 fewer HR between 2011 and 2012.

        At the end of the day, he will never be a high end guy like he looked he might be in the first part of his rookie year. But I am curious to see if 2011 or 2012 is more the anomaly. I actually think we are pretty close on our feelings of the guy, but I think I liked his 2011 a bit more, maybe too much.

        It doesn’t look good, however, when a guy can’t get it done while batting behind Austin Jackson and in front of Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Not exactly a confidence builder.

      • paperlions - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:45 AM

        A lot of those things (wRC+, wOBA, OPS, even ISO) are affected by BABIP. There isn’t any hitting stat that normalizes for BABIP because it is thought that hitters are more responsible for their BABIP than are pitchers.

        I would guess that Boesch had a bit of a streak when he was first called up due to pitchers having no film on him and a bit of luck. Once pitchers had the book on him, his performance went down to his talent level and has pretty much stayed there. Things like K% and BB% can bounce a couple % between years due to chance.

      • joerymi - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        His best overall season was his second year in the league. I assume there was already tape on him.

      • paperlions - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Yes, but the main difference between that year and others was the higher BABIP.

  5. papacrick - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    This guy was incredible his first half season in the bigs. He hit .340 with 12 bombs and the he fell off a cliff and never recovered. No recognition of the strike zone and a poor attitude. Usually that would cement your place in Toledo however Boesch got a 400 percent raise after consecutive sub .300 OBP seasons. If only the real world worked like this we’d all be rich

  6. Cereal - Feb 18, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Wait, his name is Brennan ? I have been calling him Brandon for a couple of years….

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