Perry activated from DL; Fien optioned
The Tigers regained a crucial piece of their late-inning relief plan Saturday, when they activated setup man Ryan Perry from the 15-day disabled list.
Perry last pitched with the Tigers June 6 before being diagnosed with right shoulder bicipital tendinitis. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo a week ago, but his return took on added importance when Joel Zumaya suffered a season-ending fractured elbow last Monday at Minnesota. Manager Jim Leyland has made no secret that they need Perry back and soon, but also emphasized that they need Perry effective.
Perry protected a good share of leads in the eighth inning at the start of the year before command issues and consistency put his situation in a bit of flux. His perfect innings with two strikeout sfor Toledo Friday night went a long way towards restoring confidence; Perry threw nine of his 13 pitches for strikes and topped out at 96 mph on his fastball, according to reports.
For the year, the 23-year-old Perry owns a 1-4 record and 5.82 ERA, having allowed 22 hits over 21 2/3 innings with 12 walks and 18 strikeouts.
To make room on the Tigers roster, Detroit optioned right-hander Casey Fien to Triple-A Toledo. Fien, just recalled on Tuesday when Zumaya went on the DL, pitched two scoreless innings against the Twins on Wednesday afternoon.
allowed an unearned run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.