Back from some time off with some news on the back end of Rick Porcello’s move to Triple-A Toledo. Jay Sborz was reportedly told after the game that he’s heading up to the Tigers. Good work by the Toledo Blade site for tracking that down. Still don’t know Porcello’s replacement in the rotation, but at least we know his replacement on the roster for now.
At first glance, that would suggest that the Tigers are going to look to their bullpen to fill Porcello’s rotation spot for now, whether it’s Enrique Gonzalez (who started at Toledo this year), Brad Thomas (who started twice this season for Detroit) or Eddie Bonine (who started effectively for Detroit down the stretch last year). But Sborz could also be an extra arm in the bullpen for now if the Tigers want to call up somebody else to start later in the week, such as Andy Oliver. Tigers can wait until Saturday in Atlanta before they need a fifth starter.
It surely suggests Ryan Perry will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list when he’s eligible to come off Tuesday.
Sborz has quietly followed up the impression he made in spring training by putting up a very good season as Mud Hens closer, saving 15 games while striking out 28 batters over 26 2/3 innings and scattering 18 hits. His stats suggest he has been most effective as a one-inning guy for the Hens. Seven of his nine earned runs allowed came in four outings in which he was called upon for more than three outs.