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.
After much speculation as to his role on the Detroit Tigers, former closer Jose Valverde has been designated for assignment.
“For me it hasn’t been difficult because I’m alive, I have my kids, I have my family, my friends,” Valverde said in Spanish. “What happens on the field stays on the field.”
Valverde proceeded to give up two singles, a two-RBI double and a home run.
“I’m still going to use Valverde,” Leyland said. “I just don’t think you discharge him just yet.”
1. Jose Valverde: Seems like he’s either gone today or right back out tonight pitching for his major league life.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland understands fans’ frustration with the bullpen, particularly with closer Jose Valverde.
Wednesday after Jose Valverde gave up a two run bomb, in the 9th, to erase a Justin Verlander backed 2-0 Tiger lead. I had seen enough.
Justin Verlander is not the same Justin Verlander anymore, even after his brilliant 7 inning, 3 hit scoreless performance against the Royals.
It’s challenging to keep your sense of humor when discussing Jose Valverde.