Brad Ausmus offered the well-worn caveat that relievers often find it harder to pitch in no-pressure situations than in close games.
The Detroit Tigers bullpen looks a bit like Jekyll and Hyde – perfectly capable and normal one day, downright frightening the next.
After significant shuffling and several additions, the bullpen looks ready for postseason play – just in time. Is the worrying over?
It was three games of unwatchable baseball, unless you’re an Angels fan—the offense underperformed when it mattered, the bullpen was atrocious and Rick Porcello looked like the Rick Porcello we’ve known for the last two years.
Touted by his Toledo pitching coach A.J. Sager for becoming more and more consistent with every start for the Mud Hens, righty Al Alburquerque will now get to test his ability at the major league level.
The Detroit Tigers have optioned right-hander Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo and recalled right-hander Evan Reed.
Ideally, Jim Leyland would have everybody hug it out and play ball.
Oakland A’s Right fielder Josh Reddick has had a hell of a season!
Al Alburquerque has thrown to hitters in batting cages, and after a couple of live batting practice sessions, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment.
Al Alburquerque (right elbow surgery in December 2011) went on the 15-day disabled list April 3, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 24. He won’t be back with the Tigers before midseason.