Detroit Tigers left-hander Tarik Skubal tested positive for COVID-19 and missed all of July’s summer camp. Once he was medically cleared, he went to the alternate training site in Toledo at the end of the month, where he met up with 2018 draftmate Casey Mize.
A couple of weeks later, the Tigers announced Skubal’s addition to the active roster. He made his major league debut the Aug. 18 against the Chicago White Sox. He got his first win Aug. 29, witnessed manager Ron Gardenhire retire Sept. 19 and pitched in the team’s final game of the 2020 season.
It’s been a heck of a ride.
There were some bumps along the way, but for the most part, the 23-year-old exceeded expectations — a sign of even more success to come.
“A lot of things going on, a lot of things happening,” Skubal said Sunday after the Tigers’ 3-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. “I still look up at some point during the game, and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m in the major leagues, this is an MLB game.’ I think that’ll slow…