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.

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It says “unearned” run, but you are correct in there were no walks or strikeouts, but at least Jason had the numbers even. :) He doesn’t often make mistakes, and they are never intentional.

And maybe the mistake was the wrong pitcher. From freep.com:

Perry had been sidelined since June 7 with right shoulder tendinitis. In three outings with the Toledo Mud Hens, he allowed one unearned run on one hit in 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four walks and struck out four.

Excuse me Mr. Beck, but your information regarding Casey Fien’s outing is not correct! He pitched 2 innings, allowed 1 base hit and NO RUNS or walks!!! I hope they trade him during the All-Star break!!! He’s EARNED the opportunity to pitch in the major leagues!!!

I have watched just about all of Toledo’s games again this year. Casey Fien has been clearly the best pitcher on the staff all year. As others received the publicity and promotions, he has continued to be impressive with a team leading 2.29 ERA. It is time for Casey to move to a new orgaization that will provide him a real chance to pitch and be successful at the Major League Level. Hopefully, the Tigers will do the right thing and help him in the near future. I’m sure he is disappointed, not much to accomplish, here in Toledo. I wish him the best in the future!

Casey Fien- After the negative comments made by DD on the pre game show regarding Casey, on yesterday’s pregame show, this should come as No Big surprise. For the fans here in Toledo who have watched him pitch successfully all season it just sends a message to this hard working young man that he is not respected by the Tiger organization. With so many teams needing quality relief pitchers, lets hope his stay in Toledo is a short one ! I will miss him and his work ethic.

Looks like we’ve got some good, heads-up fans in Toledo. Mudhens in Toledo is a big deal. Would love to go to one of their games sometime.

Toledo has been a very integral part of the Tigers.
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Care to elaborate on the comments by DD?
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Perry had a good inning yesterday for the hens. 13 pitches 9 strikes.
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Figured Raburn would get some ABs against the LHP. He has to make the best of it. For himself and for us to win.
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Still think Schlereth would have benefitted from a 9th inning role last night.
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Will we see Worth palying short too? I bet one game at least anyway.

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