Top prospect Moya sent to DL with plantar fasciitis

Top prospect Moya sent to DL with plantar fasciitis

ST. PETERSBURG -- Tigers top prospect Steven Moya will be a short drive from Detroit when the season opens next week, but he'll be a further distance away from playing. The slugging outfielder has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Toledo with plantar fasciitis in his foot.

The injury came up some time after the Tigers optioned him out of Major League camp on March 22.

Moya injured his foot while running. The injury isn't believed to be long-term, evidenced by the fact that he did not stay back in Florida to rehab. For a 6-foot-7, 260-pound body frame, however, it could be an important injury to heal.

Moya translated a full, healthy 2014 season into Eastern League MVP honors and a September callup. He hit .276 with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs for the SeaWolves last year, then played well in the Arizona Fall League. He had dealt with nagging injuries for the previous few years, highlighted by Tommy John surgery for a torn elbow ligament in the summer of 2012.

"He should be OK pretty soon," Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila said in a text message. "It was not that bad."

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