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Joe Nathan Close to Return, but Joakim Soria Has Earned Detroit Tigers’ Closer Role
April 22nd, 2015 at 11:21 AM
One injured Detroit Tigers' relief pitcher is making a comeback, but it's not Bruce Rondon just yet. ***VIDEO1*** Tuesday, it was revealed that closer Joe Nathan is scheduled to make a rehab appearance in Toledo on Wednesday. If all goes well with that, the reliever could be on the fast-track to traveling...

Breakfast with Brad: Confidence in Joba Chamberlain Pays Off in Big Spot for Brad Ausmus
April 21st, 2015 at 10:05 AM
"Breakfast With Brad" provides a morning look inside the mind of Detroit Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus The last time Detroit Tigers' fans really remember seeing Joba Chamberlain on the mound? Well, that was probably last October. ***VIDEO1*** In charge of protecting a decent lead against the Baltimore Orioles in game two of the...

Getting the Bullpen Some Work Hasn’t Been Easy, but Saturday’s Loss Helped Detroit Tigers Do It
April 19th, 2015 at 11:58 AM
The Detroit Tigers suffered their first blowout loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, but lost amid the barrage of runs and frustration was a silver lining for the bullpen. ***VIDEO1*** Finally, Detroit's middle relievers, which haven't seen much work during the first two weeks filled with plenty of excellent starting pitching,...

Report: Detroit Tigers Keeping Tabs of Reliever Rafael Soriano
April 13th, 2015 at 7:14 PM
The Detroit Tigers have seen a rash of injuries hit their bullpen early in the season, losing both Bruce Rondon and Joe Nathan to the disabled list before the 2015 year was a week old. ***VIDEO1*** Does this mean the team might like to add some type of a veteran reinforcement for...

Ian Krol and Angel Nesbitt Make Detroit Tigers, Set to Round Out Bullpen
April 3rd, 2015 at 11:33 AM
The Detroit Tigers put the finishing touches on their roster Friday prior to next Monday's opening game. ***VIDEO1*** Considering prior moves, the only thing left to do was figure out who would be occupying the final spots in the bullpen. Heading north with the Tigers will be lefty Ian Krol and the...

Bruce Rondon and Justin Verlander’s Injuries Add Concerns for Detroit Tigers
April 2nd, 2015 at 12:15 PM
Coming into camp, the Detroit Tigers were always going to test Bruce Rondon and Justin Verlander physically. Considering their injuries and past issues, they had to know if both would be ready to handle the grind of the season. ***VIDEO1*** Wednesday, Rondon officially flunked this early durability exam, getting scratched from his...

There’s No Doubt Angel Nesbitt Fits Perfectly with Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen This Season
March 27th, 2015 at 10:57 AM
Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles, reliever Angel Nesbitt showcased the exact type of things he could be asked to do for the Detroit Tigers if he manages to crack the roster in the next few weeks. ***VIDEO1*** First, in the seventh inning, Nesbitt came on to get the final out, and did...

Detroit Tigers Make Four More Roster Cuts, Including Starter Kyle Lobstein
March 25th, 2015 at 11:20 AM
As the month of March dwindles down, reality is beginning to set in for several Detroit Tigers' prospects. ***VIDEO1*** Given their status as perennial contenders, the Tigers have a very tough roster to crack, and likely, anything less than perfection isn't going to get the job done. Sometimes, with the numbers game...

Detroit Tigers Make Three Early Cuts from Bullpen
March 17th, 2015 at 10:59 AM
Even though spring camp is only half over and final cuts are still a few weeks away, the Detroit Tigers wasted no time trimming some fat from the roster Tuesday. ***VIDEO1*** Gone from the bullpen are lefties Omar Duran and Joe Mantiply and righty Luke Putkonen. They became the first players assigned...

Rating the Detroit Tigers Options at Closer Behind Joe Nathan
March 14th, 2015 at 10:54 AM
A few days ago, Detroit Tigers' closer Joe Nathan imploded in epic fashion during a spring training game, causing some to wonder whether or not he's finished as a closer before the 2015 season even starts. ***VIDEO1*** That type of panic button might not need to be pushed down firmly just yet,...

Joe Nathan Needs to Change His Attitude, or Detroit Tigers May Have No Choice but Demotion
March 13th, 2015 at 11:07 AM
It was only a spring training game that doesn't count. It was only one meltdown. All this is true. ***VIDEO1*** But Joe Nathan's response in the wake of blowing the Detroit Tigers' game Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies was an embarrassment. Nathan spoiled a good day by Justin Verlander and Bruce Rondon...

Detroit Tigers Release Reliever Joel Hanrahan, Who Needs Surgery Again
March 4th, 2015 at 1:38 PM
For most of 2014, the Detroit Tigers' bullpen was trying to get by on a wing and a prayer. Injuries and inconsistency intervened, and they needed to find a quick fix. ***VIDEO1*** Enter the injured Joel Hanrahan last May. First, Hanrahan was supposed to come back by July. Then it was postponed...

Detroit Tigers Positional Preview: Bullpen Must Rebound from Rocky 2014 Season
March 2nd, 2015 at 12:16 PM
With spring training set to begin and the baseball season just around the corner, we're previewing the Detroit Tigers position by position Of all the troubles the Detroit Tigers had in 2014, the bullpen was the biggest focal point for most of the season. ***VIDEO1*** Injuries intervened early, struggles hampered the Tigers' new...

Detroit Tigers Bring Back Reliever Ryan Perry on Minor-League Deal
February 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Just before the Detroit Tigers start their spring training schedule this coming Monday, they made one final tweak to their system on Friday. ***VIDEO1*** Ryan Perry, the team's former first round pick from 2008, was signed to a minor-league contract. Perry, of course, was dealt away to the Washington Nationals in December...

Newly Motivated Ian Krol Could Be Best Bounce Back Candidate for Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen
February 25th, 2015 at 11:01 AM
Last season, the Detroit Tigers' entire bullpen struggled, but the left side of the rubber was perhaps the best poster child for many of these problems as a whole. ***VIDEO1*** As a veteran, Phil Coke continually struggled to get back into form, and outside of that, the team was depending if not...

Detroit Tigers Make Solid Move to Bring Back Motivated Reliever Joba Chamberlain for 2015
February 24th, 2015 at 11:06 AM
If any Detroit Tigers' fans went to sleep still feeling nervous about the bullpen on February 23, by the time they woke up on February 24, things might have felt just a bit better. ***VIDEO1*** That's because Tuesday morning, the team brought back Joba Chamberlain, one of their more consistent relievers from...

What’s the Biggest Challenge for Bruce Rondon? Avoiding Becoming Detroit Tigers’ Next Joel Zumaya
February 4th, 2015 at 3:24 PM
Sometimes, it's the most subtle comments that have the best way of telling the whole story about an issue. ***VIDEO1*** Such could be the case with Detroit Tigers' reliever Bruce Rondon. After injuries cut short his 2014 season, Detroit's counting on a healthy Rondon to be a stabilizer in the back end...

Detroit Tigers’ Best Bullpen Battle Will Come from a Varied Collection of Lefties
January 28th, 2015 at 11:03 AM
One of the things that's been lost in the shuffle this offseason is the fact that the Detroit Tigers have quietly put together a great competition for one of the most important spots in any bullpen. ***VIDEO1*** That spot, of course, is the left-handed specialist. Gone is the inconsistent Phil Coke, but returning...

Detroit Tigers Bring Back Al Albuquerque, Who is a Quiet Key to Team’s Bullpen
January 27th, 2015 at 11:05 AM
On Monday, the Detroit Tigers reached another one-year deal with relief pitcher Al Alburquerque, avoiding arbitration once again. ***VIDEO1*** That news certainly won't generate headlines or register even a shock-wave through baseball, but for the Tigers, it is no less important. In an offseason full of change, Detroit couldn't afford to lose...

Detroit Tigers Sign Veteran Releiver Tom Gorzelanny to One-Year Contract
January 6th, 2015 at 3:20 PM
For weeks now, the main question swirling in the court of public opinion was whether or not the Detroit Tigers would need to add anyone else to their somewhat rickety bullpen, particularly a left handed pitcher. ***VIDEO1*** Tuesday, that question was finally answered when the team struck a one-year deal with veteran...