Porcello probably done until playoffs
When Jim Leyland extended Rick Porcello out to 111 pitches Tuesday against the Twins, he did so expecting that he’d be getting some extra rest. Because Monday’s rainout pretty much washed away any chance of Porcello pitching this weekend.
Asked if there’s any chance of Porcello pitching again this week, Leyland said, “I doubt it.”
If Porcello pitched Monday, he would’ve come back Saturday on his normal rest. With a Tuesday start, he would have to pitch on short rest to do that, which isn’t going to happen with a 20-year-old rookie.
Porcello could conceivably pitch on regular rest Sunday, but that has been Verlander’s spot all along in case the Tigers need a win in the season’s final day. It sounds unlikely that Verlander would pitch on short rest Saturday, either.
That would leave the Tigers in a spot start situation Saturday in a week when they’re already starting Eddie Bonine and Nate Robertson Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The only other Tigers on the pitching staff who have started a game like that this year are Alfredo Figaro, who hasn’t started a game since June because a wrist injury forced him to miss nearly two months, and Zach Miner, whom Leyland said a few weeks ago he would rather not start unless “absolutely, 100 percent necessary.”