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The Detroit Tigers’ best hope, RHP Casey Mize, is hosting an enclosure session at Comerica Park on Saturday July 4, 2020.

Detroit Free Press

Friday was Matt Manning’s day. Saturday was for Casey Mize.

Mize pitched more than 20 pitches in front of pitch coach Rick Anderson and reliever paddle coach AJ Sager and others in the Detroit tiger enclosure.

On Friday, when Manning launched a bullpen session on the Comerica Park mound, Mize was leaving the field with left ace Matthew Boyd after running between the poles.

One of the team’s best prospects, Manning was back on the field with a long throw on Saturday, but before doing so, he made a quick stop at the bullpen.

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Through the open door, he watched the end of the first session of the Mize relievers enclosure camp.

Mize, also a prominent prospect, launched alongside veteran left-hander Hector Santiago, who is in the camp competing for a reliever spot.

Mize, 23, is slated to debut in 2020. Last season, he tore up the A-class Lakeland and threw a hit at Double-A Erie in his first professional season. But – and it’s a big but – he missed more than a month in mid-season with a shoulder disease.

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Because of this injury, the seasonally threatening coronavirus pandemic and the unusual launch schedule of their young launchers, the Tigers may prefer to be cautious in pushing them.

But Mize – like Manning and possibly left-hander Tarik Skubal – was about to start the 2020 minor league season at Triple-A Toledo. However, last week the Minor League baseball canceled its season and now the Tigers are in a tight spot: while trying to protect some of these pitchers, they end up with major league action as the only option to continue their development.

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Tigers have a preference for how they would like to see things happen, but injuries are always their way of forcing a hand. So far, the first two days of Mize’s camp, including staying with Boyd, a positive influence – at what would otherwise seem like a productive paddock session on Saturday afternoon, have been a good step to prove that he is ready.

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