Casey Mize, the Tigers' manager, isn't speculating about the severity of injury, and says, "I don't want to play the what-if game."

Casey Mize, the Tigers' manager, isn't speculating about the severity of injury, and says, "I don't  ...

Casey Mize, the Detroit Tigers' starting pitcher, called 911 on Friday morning, feeling a bit depressed.

When he played catch on the field during the afternoon, his elbow remained barking, so he decided to skip the long toss and talk to the athletic training staff.

For the first time in his big-league career, Mize will miss at least one start; he didn't want to do anything beyond that.

"It's something I'm going to leave up to the doctors and trainers and people who are going to take a look at it," Mize said. "I really don't want to play the what-if game. I think it's a terrible place to be in."

Mize, who will compete in the MLB next month, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft and entered the season as the Tigers' No. 2 starter, behind Eduardo Rodriguez's free-agent acquisition.

On Thursday night, he pitched five innings and 88 pitches in Kansas City, where he felt calm.

On Friday morning, he noticed the chastiness.

The Royals team doctor was called to check him out after reporting the injury to the Tigers' athletic training staff, which is usually practice in stadiums.

Mize would not be able to make his next start, according to Tigers manager A.J. Hinch. He then decided to take him on the IL and activate outfielder Daz Cameron, who was driving with the Tigers on the taxi squad.

We wanted to activate Daz as we are on the position player side, Hinch said. I don't know how significant of an injury it is other than we know it was going to be, at a minimum, one start. So that takes him to the injured list. He'll undergo a battery of testing. It's possible that it's just a bump in the road and he'll be happy in the future.

Mize concentrates in a variety of ways on fitness and conditioning, but arm injuries for pitchers are often ineffective.

Unfortunately it is the nature of our game. This happens. However, it's certainly not fun when you can't help.

Tyler Alexander, a left-hander, is likely to make his second start of the season on Sunday and then take the bullpen until Michael Pineda was brought up from Toledo.

Instead, the Tigers might scrap Pineda's final scheduled start in Toledo on Sunday and bring him directly to Detroit, starting Wednesday or Thursday against the New York Yankees.

These decisions have not been made yet.

"This is all pretty new, so we'll have to put our heads together and see what happens," Hinch said.

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