Galarraga to Toledo, Robertson to start Saturday
Nate Robertson is returning to the Detroit Tigers to start. Armando Galarraga is heading to Triple-A Toledo to basically recuperate.
The Tigers announced Wednesday that they’ve optioned Galarraga to the Mud Hens for what is expected to be a 10-day stay, the minimum required for a player optioned out unless he replaces an injured player. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start for Detroit Friday with inflammation in his throwing elbow.
Taking his place while he’s out will be Robertson, who will make his first Major League start in
over almost a full year. The veteran left-hander, who spent the first half of the season in the Tigers bullpen before going on the DL for surgery to remove tissue masses from his left elbow.
Robertson will be activated from the disabled list and start against the Rays on Saturday. Rookie Rick Porcello, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday, will be moved up to pitch in Galarraga’s old spot Friday.
Galarraga’s inflammation is not expected to be serious. Since rosters will have been expanded beyond 25 players by the time he’s eligible to be recalled, the Tigers won’t need to make a return move to make room for him when he’s ready. If it works out as planned, it’ll be a shorter absence than if the Tigers had placed him on the DL.