Detroit Tigers ‘going to slow’ injured Casey Mize down

The Detroit Tigers have transferred right-hander Casey Mize back to Lakeland, Florida, home of the late spring training facility, to continue his rehabilitation program after he failed to record three outs in the first inning in his first rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Toledo.

The 25-year-old allowed three runs on four hits and threw 16 of 29 pitches for strikes.

He landed on the injured list April 15 with a right elbow sprain and will not make his next scheduled start for the Mud Hens.

“We’re going to slow him down a little bit,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Saturday. “We’re treating the symptoms. He still doesn’t quite feel like he can let go full throttle in bullpens or competition, so we need to dial it back a little bit.”

Hinch made sure to clarify Mize’s status.

“He’s not shut down,” he said.

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The Tigers determined after Thursday’s start Mize was not ready for competition. He made two starts with the Tigers – posting a 5.40 ERA with two walks and four strikeouts – before his elbow injury. The 2018 No. 1 overall pick has a career 4.29 ERA in 39 starts.

The timetable for Mize’s return to the Tigers’ rotation is unclear.

“We’re going to be very, very slow with this,” Hinch said. “We’re not going to work backwards from any sort of timeline that he wants to meet or we want to meet. We got to treat the symptoms. The fact that he’s not letting it go and not feeling 100%, we’re not going to let him pitch. “

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