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Tigers' Matt Vierling: Ready to go Monday
Vierling is starting in left field and batting leadoff Monday versus the Blue Jays, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Vierling will return to the lineup after nursing a knee strain for the last 10 days. The outfielder has produced a .467 average with two homers, four RBI, four runs and a stolen base over 15 at-bats in six games this spring.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: On track for all drills this week
Vierling (knee) is on track to complete baserunning and full outfield drills by the end of the week, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Vierling has been ramping up his running and also going through live batting practice without issue. He's made a quick recovery from a right knee strain and should be ready to play in games in about a week.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: Anticipating quick return to games
Vierling (knee) was able to perform a range of baseball activities Sunday and said he expects to return to the Tigers' spring lineup "fairly quick," though the team hasn't pinpointed a definitive target date for him to resume playing, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
More specifically, McCosky notes that Vierling was able to field grounders, shag fly balls in the outfield, take part in running and take swings in batting practice Sunday. Vierling said that the swelling in his strained right knee has already diminished since he sustained the injury early last week, and his ability to resume baseball activities suggests that the Tigers are likely viewing him as day-to-day. Assuming Vierling moves past the injury before the end of spring training, he'll likely open the season in a short-side platoon role for Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: Nursing mild knee strain
Vierling suffered a mild posterior right knee strain earlier this week, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Vierling is slated to resume light baseball activities this weekend. That he's been cleared already indicates that the injury is minor, but a knee issue this close to Opening Day bears watching. If healthy, Vierling is in line for consistent playing time with the Tigers as a right-handed hitting fourth outfielder behind three left-handed starters.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: Goes deep, steals base Friday
Vierling went 3-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies. He also stole a base.
Vierling had an excellent game, and he's now batting a robust .545 across four Grapefruit League contests. The outfielder came to Detroit in the Gregory Soto trade and should push for playing time in his first season with the Tigers, possibly on the short side of a platoon with Akil Baddoo. Detroit's outfield is unsettled aside from top prospect Riley Greene, so Vierling could earn a larger role as the season progresses if he gets off to a hot start.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sent to Detroit
Vierling, Nick Maton and Donny Sands were traded from the Phillies to the Tigers on Saturday in exchange for Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Vierling got into 117 games for the Phillies last season and was exactly replacement level, per FanGraphs. His .246/.297/.351 slash line was merely good for an 81 wRC+, a number that can work for a player who's a strong defensive center fielder, but Vierling's glove fits best in a corner. You don't have to squint too hard to see more potential in his bat, however. He made an above-average amount of contact, striking out 19.6 percent of the time, and he paired that with an 85th percentile hard hit rate. A step forward at the plate could earn him a starting role, though a spot on the short side of a platoon with Akil Baddoo may be more likely.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Homers and triples in win
Vierling went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI triple in an 8-2 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.
Vierling got the start in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader and made the most of his opportunity with a home run and a triple en route to a three-RBI performance. Vierling is slashing .244/.297/.349 in 315 at-bats with six home runs this season.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Losing work to Castellanos
Vierling is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Vierling has handled a near-everyday role for the Phillies for the better part of the last six weeks, but he'll likely lose out on playing time following Nick Castellanos' return from the injured list earlier this week. He'll be on the bench for the second time in three games.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Five hits including walk-off in win
Vierling went 5-for-5 with an RBI in Wednesday's extra-inning victory against the Blue Jays.
Vierling notched five singles in the contest, the last which was a walk-off knock in the bottom of the 10th frame. The multi-hit performance was his third in his last 11 games, a stretch during which he's hit .378 with three doubles, four RBI and five runs scored. On the season, Vierling now owns a .247 average with five homers, 27 RBI, 38 runs and seven stolen bases over 106 games.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Gets breather Wednesday
Vierling isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Marlins.
Vierling went 2-for-4 with a double and a run Sunday but is out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. Nick Maton is starting in right field and batting eighth.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Not starting Saturday
Vierling isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Nationals.
Vierling has gone 3-for-15 with a double, two runs and a strikeout over the last five games but will head to the bench for the second time in the last three matchups. Nick Maton is starting in right field and batting sixth.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Resting Thursday
Vierling isn't starting Thursday against Miami.
Vierling started the last four games and went 3-for-14 with a double, two runs, an RBI, a stolen base and two strikeouts. Nick Maton will take Vierling's place in right field and bat ninth Thursday.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Recaptures regular role
Vierling will start in right field and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Marlins.
He'll in the lineup for the eighth time in nine games and appears to have moved into a full-time role in the wake of Nick Castellanos (oblique) landing on the injured list Sunday. Vierling is hitting .224 with two home runs and four stolen bases in 125 at-bats since the All-Star break, so his fantasy upside will likely be somewhat limited even if he continues to receive steady playing time.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Nabs third consecutive start
Vierling will start in right field and bat seventh in Thursday's game against the Reds.
Vierling will pick up his third consecutive start in the outfield after going 3-for-7 with a home run, a triple, a walk, two RBI and an additional run over the past two contests. Though he's been seeing steady time in the outfield of late, Vierling will soon be relegated to sharing center-field duties with Bradley Zimmer. Bryce Harper (thumb) is expected to come off the 60-day injured list as soon as Friday and will settle in as the Phillies' full-time designated hitter, at which point Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos will have to play regularly in left and right field, respectively.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Heads to bench vs. righty
Vierling is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
Vierling will retreat to the bench after he went 5-for-37 with no extra-base hits and one stolen base while starting in each of the last 11 games in either left or center field. The Phillies will continue to have openings at both positions while Kyle Schwarber is limited to designated-hitter duties after a recent calf injury and while Brandon Marsh (ankle) remains on the injured list, but Vierling's opportunities may come largely against right-handed pitching moving forward. Left-handed hitters Nick Maton and Bradley Zimmer will draw the starts in left and center field, respectively, while the Reds bring right-hander Luis Cessa to the hill Monday.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Starting again Tuesday
Vierling will start in left field and bat ninth Tuesday against the Reds.
Vierling will pick up his sixth consecutive start Tuesday, as he continues to remain the primary beneficiary of Kyle Schwarber's (calf) ongoing absence. Unless Schwarber requires a trip to the injured list, however, Vierling should move back to a fourth-outfielder role before long. Vierling hasn't helped his case for earning more playing time once Schwarber is back in action after going 1-for-17 with seven strikeouts in the previous five games.... See More ... See Less
Phillies' Matt Vierling: Slugs three-run homer
Vierling went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk in Saturday's 11-5 win over the Nationals.
After sitting out both of the previous two contests, the righty-hitting Vierling re-entered the lineup Saturday against Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin. The Phillies would go on to bat around in the first inning while putting up six runs, with Vierling's two-out, three-run blast representing half of the scoring output. Vierling is back on the bench for Sunday's series finale, and he's likely to fill a short-side platoon role in center field with the lefty-hitting Brandon Marsh moving forward.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-3, 205 lbs|
|Birthplace: St. Louis, MO|
|School: Notre Dame|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|