Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/16/13
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." On a good day, Alburquerque's slider is one of the nastiest pitches in baseball, but he struggles against teams that are willing to make him throw one in the strike zone. This season, he's averaging an incredible 16.3 strikeouts per nine innings, but no pitcher can survive a walk rate on 8.2 per nine innings. Also, despite being a relief pitcher, he leads the league with six wild pitches. So he'll get a chance to work out his mechanics in Toledo, while Evan Reed will be the latest member of the unsettled Tigers bullpen. The Tigers claimed Reed off waivers from Miami in spring training, and he has pitched reasonably well for Toledo. At 27, he's not much of a prospect, and in three seasons in Triple-A, he has a 5.50 ERA with a lot of strikeouts, but even more hits allowed. Reed isn't expected to pick up the crucial situations where the Tigers used Alburquerque. He'll pitch in middle relief, while Jose Ortega will face a more challenging role.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Predators fans throw catfish on ice to celebrate Stanley Cup berth

WATCH: Draymond Green tries just a little to hard to sell foul

Eddie George fires up Predators fans before Game 4 vs Ducks

Viktor Arvidsson had bloody ‘R’ on forehead after hit

Danny Ainge’s son running for congressional seat in Utah

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

John Wall’s retweet saves fan from taking final exam

WATCH: Cubs pull off two miraculous defensive plays in a row

To raise money for charity, a wrestling fan has Cody Rhodes slam him on thumbtacks

Gregg Popovich on Steve Kerr’s health issues: ‘It’s just a crap situation’

CJ McCollum clearly interested in having Paul Millsap join Blazers

Injuries are depriving us from watching the Spurs thrive in the clutch

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Three Up, Three Down: Astros dominate in every category

Box Score 5/19: Heartbreak in OT

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

The 'Happy birthday to two of the NBA's all-time antagonists' quiz

The shortstop evolution continues to raise the ceiling

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker