Alex Avila, Detroit’s regular catcher for the past few seasons, is dealing with a knee problem, and that means McCann will have to play a bigger role than expected at this early stage in his career.
Price hurt himself Friday night when he stepped on a bat that had been tossed aside by an umpire in anticipation of a possible play at the plate.
Anibal Sanchez allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, his ERA rising to 5.44 on the young season. He came into the game with a 1.40 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.
Reliever Yohan Pino threw wildly to first base, allowing Anthony Gose to score the winning run in the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Royals 6-5 on Friday night.
With one out and a runner on second, Greene issued three consecutive walks to force home a run.
Verlander had the test on Tuesday on Chicago. He is hoping the inflammation has subsided enough to allow him to increase his throwing program.
Price limited the Royals to four singles until Lorenzo Cain homered with two-out in the ninth spoiled his bid for his second career shutout.
Chris Young pitched five no-hit innings and the Detroit Tigers didn’t break through until the eighth in a 4-1 loss Friday night to the Kansas City Royals.
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is no stranger to life behind a catcher’s mask — he spent parts of 17 seasons as a catcher in the MLB.
Yoenis Cespedes had a homer, a double and three RBIs to back David Price in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.