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MLB Injury News:
Detroit Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo has been on the disabled list since June 20 with a left intercoastal (rib cage) strain. It took some time for him to perform any baseball activities. He worked gradually, and on July 1, he participated in full pregame warm up.
MLB.com's Jason Beck reports that Tuiasosopo took full batting practice, fly ball, and running drills for the first time since his injury before the Tigers' game with the Toronto Blue Jays. Tuiasosopo had taken swings off a batting tee previously, but this was his first attempt at live pitching.
Tuiasosopo is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday, July 7, when the Tigers face their division rival Cleveland Indians. Current plans, though, are to have him continue his pregame workouts for the next few days, but there is no timetable yet for rehab assignments or return to the active roster.
Tuiasosopo has made himself a valuable fourth outfielder for the Tigers. He is hitting .338 with 17 RBI in 71 at bats for the Tigers, and he was especially hot in June (.412, 5 RBI) before his injury. He has hit both left- (.341) and right-handed (.333) pitchers equally well.
The Tigers enter play on July 2 in second place, one half game behind Cleveland. If Tuiasosopo could make it back by Sunday, then he could help the Tigers -- at least off the bench -- in the final two games of the four-game wrap-around series.
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According to Detroit Tigers reporter for MLive Media Group James Schmehl, Tigers part-time outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo will soon head out on a rehab assignment. He hit yesterday and was one a few players who took early BP today.
Leyland said he expects Matt Tuiasosopo will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
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