Galarraga still on for Sunday
Tweeted this last night, forgot to blog, but Armando Galarraga’s relief appearance Friday night changes nothing about his scheduled start for Sunday. He’s still on to pitch that outing, and Max Scherzer is going to remain at Triple-A Toledo for now.
Essentially, Friday’s outing was a second side session for Galarraga, who also threw in the bullpen during Wednesday’s game at Seattle. He did a lot of work on his slider Wednesday, and he took that work into Friday’s outing. With seven days between starts, he had the time to throw on the side twice, though I’m not sure how long manager Jim Leyland would’ve allowed him to go had he gotten in trouble in that seventh inning.
“I just felt we needed to get him out there,” Leyland said after the game. “He hadn’t been out there for a while. He’ll be fine. He didn’t throw that many pitches. We were a little short tonight, obviously. You have to be careful how to use your bullpen, so I thought it was a good time to put him in there.”
Asked then whether Galarraga is still on for Sunday, Leyland said, “I would plan on that.”