Detroit Tigers outfielder Kerry Carpenter remains on schedule with his rehabilitation plan after returning from a stress fracture in his lumbar spine, but he is frustrated watching his teammates struggle on offense without being able to help them.

Carpenter is an irreplaceable hitter in the Tigers' middle field and the offense wouldn't be the same without him.

“I'm going crazy,” Carpenter said, smiling. “It's been hard watching and not being a part of it, especially because it was so much fun, when they're home, at least I get to hang out with them. It's kind of hard when they're on the road.”

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Tigers right fielder Kerry Carpenter catches a fly ball in the first inning against the Royals on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The good news: Carpenter is scheduled to return to baseball on Monday after four weeks of physical therapy, exercises and rest. The 26-year-old needs about 1.5 weeks of baseball activity before he can participate in rehab games, meaning he may not return to the Tigers until late July.

Carpenter, a left-hander, had a .283 batting average with eight home runs, 11 walks and 38 strikeouts and an OPS of .914 in 50 games before going on the injured list with a back injury on May 29. Against right-handed pitchers, he had an OPS of 1.004.

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