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The Detroit Tigers' latest moves show they'll use their remaining games as an evaluation period.

Detroit placed second baseman Jonathan Schoop on the injured list due to a right wrist sprain and activated Niko Goodrum, who had been the starting shortstop before an oblique strain forced him to the IL, retroactive to Sunday.

The Tigers will play Goodrum at second base and will be moving 23-year-old Willi Castro to shortstop. That switch began on Tuesday, when the Tigers (21-26) defeated the Kansas City Royals, 6-0.

The two teams close out the two-game series on Wednesday night.

Manager Ron Gardenhire called the infield shuffle an organizational decision.

"They want to take a good look at Willi," he said to the Detroit News. "He's swinging good. We know Niko can play multiple positions, so he will go to second base. He's fine with it. He just wants to play."

Castro had three hits, including a homer, in Tuesday's victory.

It's uncertain whether Schoop, who was hitting .278 with eight homers and 23 RBIs, will play again this season.

"He was going to miss three or four days regardless, now he's going to miss seven," Gardenhire said. "We have to let him get well. He was having a hard time swinging the bat at all."

Detroit also optioned light-hitting catcher Grayson Greiner to their alternate training site and elevated Eric Haase, who appeared in 19 games with Cleveland the past two seasons.

Tigers rookie left-hander Tarik Skubal (1-2, 7.27 ERA) will try to bounce back from a poor outing on Thursday. He was charged with six runs in two innings against St. Louis and walked four batters. He'll face the Royals for the first time.

Kansas City (20-29) had some drama before it arrived in Detroit. Veteran left-hander Danny Duffy missed the team plane and was scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday.

"You usually have one or two stragglers and you reach out and make sure they're en route," manager Mike Matheny said. "But that was not the case and we decided we needed to get the flight on the way. And I spoke to Danny and told him to catch up to us later. We knew he wasn't going to make it on time."

It's uncertain when Duffy will make his next start. He did eventually make it to Detroit and apologized to his teammates.

"This guy is very well-liked in that clubhouse because of the way he treats people and how he invests in his teammates," Matheny said. "He knows that things like this are not the way he wants to be portrayed or thought of. It's not the example he wants to give. He's remorseful, and he shared that with his teammates."

Right-hander Brady Singer (2-4, 4.66 ERA) is scheduled to start Wednesday. Singer is coming off his career-best outing, as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Cleveland on Thursday. Singer allowed a single in eight shutout frames and struck out eight.

The rookie allowed two runs in five innings against Detroit in a no-decision on July 30.

The teams will play four more games in Kansas City before the regular season ends.

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Last Injuries

Detroit Tigers

  • Willi Castro

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Castro has hit the 10-day injured list with right shoulder soreness, ending his season.

  • Harold Castro

    Back
    Out Sun | out

    Castro will not play Sunday versus the Royals due to lower-back tightness.

  • Jeimer Candelario

    Back
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Candelario has hit the 10-day injured list due to lower-back tightness, and will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cabrera is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday versus the Royals as he will be given the day off.

  • Jonathan Schoop

    Hamstring
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Schoop is on the 45-day injured list with a sprained right wrist. He will stay on the I-L for the remainder of the season.

  • Zack Godley

    Elbow
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Godley has been ticketed for the 45-day injured list due to a right elbow flexor strain and has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

  • Austin Romine

    Wrist
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Romine missed the last game with a left wrist contusion. It is unclear if he will be ready to return Sunday against the Indians.

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Illness
    Out Sat | out

    Cabrera is ailing from an illness unrelated to COVID-19, and he will miss Saturday's matchup with the Indians as a result.

Kansas City Royals

  • Brett Phillips

    Hamstring
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Phillips is dealing with right hamstring tightness, and it is unknow if he will be available for Game 1 of the AL wild-card round versus the Blue Jays.

  • Nick Dini

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Dini has been posted on the 10-day injured list as he is waiting for his COVID-19 test results to be processed. It is uncertain when he will make his season debut.

  • Greg Holland

    Oblique
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Holland has been ticketed for the 10-day injured list with a right oblique injury and will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Jorge Soler

    Oblique
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Soler has been assigned to the 10-day injured list with a right oblique strain. He will miss the remainder of the season.

  • Kyle Zimmer

    Elbow
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Zimmer has been placed on the 45-day injured list due to right elbow neuritis, ending his season.

  • Bubba Starling

    Back
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Starling will miss the remainder of the season as he has landed on the 10-day injured list with lower-back spasms.

  • Matt Harvey

    Shoulder
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Harvey has moved to the 45-day injured list due to a right lat strain. He will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Carlos Hernandez

    Undisclosed
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hernandez left the last game due to an unspecified injury, leaving his status for Sunday's matchup versus the Tigers up in the air.

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Hitting Statistics
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Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
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Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
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