While his teammates headed for Texas Wednesday night, Al Alburquerque made a much shorter trip.
Although it wasn't announced until Thursday morning, the Tigers sent Alburquerque to Toledo after he struggled once again to throw strikes in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Houston.
Jim Leyland, who prides himself on never being negative to the media about one of his players, couldn't help himself after Alburquerque threw a wild pitch, struck out a batter on a 3-2 pitch in the dirt and then walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth. That runner turned out to be the winning run in the game.
"It's depressing," Leyland said after the game. "If I had seen any signs that he was going to throw the ball over the plate, I would have left him in. He was all was all over the place.
"I don't know the answer. I don't know if he needs more work or what is going on, but he can't help us if he can't throw a strike."
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