July 10th, 2010

Tigers looking for bullpen help

A day after Tigers manager Jim Leyland shot down any notion of Rick
Porcello on the trading block, he admitted the Tigers have placed a
priority on relief help as they head towards the July 31 trading
deadline. (Thanks to associate reporter Alex DiFilippo for grabbing the quotes.)

“We would like to shore up our bullpen with maybe a little more of a
veteran guy or something, if he’s out there,” Leyland said Saturday
afternoon. “I don’t know if they are out there or not. I’ll leave it at
that. …

“I’m not saying it has to be a veteran, veteran reliever. Somebody
that’s maybe had a little more experience. We aren’t going to lie about
it. We’d like to have that. It’s pretty tough to have as many kids as we
have down there now.”

Leyland comments came a day after he had to bring in closer Jose
Valverde to finish out a 7-3 win over the Twins. Ryan Perry began the
ninth inning with a 7-2 lead but gave up singles to both batters he
faced, Michael Cuddyer and Delmon Young. That brought out Leyland to
make a change, and brought out some frustration after the game.

“If you have a five-run lead in the ninth inning and you have to use
your closer time after time, your closer will be shot,” Leyland said
Friday night. “You just can’t do it. If we don’t have somebody down
there that can hold a five-run lead in the ninth inning besides the
closer, then we’re in trouble.”

Perry was supposed to be that guy and a big addition when the Tigers
activated him from the disabled list last weekend. He has made four
appearances since then with mixed results, the last two of them rather

“This is the Major Leagues and stuff happens fast up here,” Leyland
said. “I thought it was a perfect setting for Perry. He threw nothing
but fastballs and paid the price and didn’t have good command.”