The Detroit Tigers’ bullpen took another hit yesterday, as
the team placed left-handed reliever Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list
with rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing arm, according to Jason Beck of
Downs pitched the ninth inning of Saturday’s contest, and
after his outing he reported soreness in his shoulder. He surrendered two hits
during his appearance, and while his velocity appeared normal manager Jim Leyland suspected something wasn’t right with Downs.
"I was suspicious of it yesterday," manager Jim
Leyland said. "I mean, you don't bounce that many balls in the dirt unless
something's not right. It's just not exactly right. When a guy's as wild as he
was yesterday, you better make sure you check to see if he's all right."
Downs will undergo an MRI to determine the extent of the
injury. Given the DL stint, the southpaw will be shutdown regardless of the
results to allow the discomfort time to subside.
On the season, Downs has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 5.18
and 1.394 over 26 appearances spanning 33 innings. The 28-year-old posted a
3.48 ERA and 1.306 WHIP over 13 appearances last year, his rookie campaign.
Detroit is already without reliever Octavio Dotel, and they’ve
dealt with ineffectiveness in late-inning situations, in one instance resulting
in the demotion of former closer Jose Valverde. To replace Downs on the roster,
the Tigers recalled right-hander Evan Reed from Triple-A.
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