The Detroit Tigers' messy bullpen situation is starting to take on a decidedly "As the World Turns" feel late in the 2014 season.
After a rash of injuries and inconsistencies as well as an ugly 19 inning affair against the Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit is looking for fresh reinforcements as much as answers and they've shaken things up a bit as a result on Monday afternoon at the expense of the Toledo Mud Hens' bullpen.
First, the players that are well known: Robbie Ray, a left-handed starter, will be coming back to Detroit in lieu of Anibal Sanchez's injury and will pitch Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Also making the trip with Ray is fellow lefty Ian Krol, who had been fighting control and was sent back down to Toledo following the acquisition of David Price.
Also coming up to the big club are pitchers Kevin Whelan and Justin Miller. Whelan, a Detroit pick in 2005, has pitched well for Toledo this season, posting a 1.85 ERA and striking out 48 batters. Miller had a cup of coffee with Detroit earlier before getting sent back down. Pitcher Casey Crosby was also released to make room on the 40 man roster.
Going back down to the Mud Hens are Blaine Hardy and Patrick McCoy, two players who had pitched well as of late for the Tigers in key spots. One pitcher not yet making the trip north? Jim Johnson, who had a solid appearance for Toledo the other night. There's been no word on Detroit's plans for Johnson, other than they're likely to take it slow with the struggling reliever.
Will Detroit's latest set of moves work to shake the bullpen out of a major funk? Stay tuned, because if they don't, there's sure to be other corresponding actions taken in the weeks ahead.
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