The short lived Jose Valverde return/experiment for the Detroit Tigers appears to be over.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers designated for assignment the 35-year old closer after a stretch of bad outings allowing 11 runs and 6 home runs in 7 1/3 innings. It also appeared more and more likely that Valverde would be shown the door after manager Jim Leyland commented Thursday that Joaquin Benoit would be his closer for the time being.
Jose valverde was designated for assignment. #tigers
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 21, 2013
The Tigers brought back Valverde earlier in the season after Bruce Rondon who was slated to be the closer out of Spring Training had his struggles and was sent back to Triple-A to work out his issues. Upon Valverde’s return the closer did very well hitting on 6 of 7 save opportunities while allowing just one run during those 12 innings. However the same mechanical issues returned for Valverde in turn ballooning his ERA to 5.59.
Now the Tigers ...