Valverde out until further notice

The Tigers are holding out closer Jose Valverde until further notice with an unspecified injury, potentially a recurrence of the tenderness around his elbow that bothered him last week.

“He’s not right,” manager Jim Leyland said, “and I’m not going to pitch him. He’s off until he tells me he’s able to pitch, and he’s not able to pitch right now.”

Leyland would not go into details about the injury, but Valverde’s earlier issues would seemingly suggest it’s related to that. Valverde was not available for comment.

Valverde went more than a week between outings before he returned to pitch a scoreless innings with a walk Wednesday at Texas. He threw just two out of 11 pitches for strikes, but they both went for groundouts. After a four-pitch walk, his inning ended with Gerald Laird threw out David Murphy trying to steal second base.

It marked just the second scoreless performance in Valverde’s last six outings, though one of those featured an unearned run over three innings in a victory September 2 over the Twins.

Leyland said Phil Coke will serve as the closer for the time being. He will not be used before the ninth inning in those situations.

“I don’t know how long that’s going to last,” Leyland said, “but that’s just the way it’s going to have to be for right now. We’re short.”

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I thought it all along.

Me, too. Hope it’s nothing more than inflamation or tendonitis. God forbid, it’s more serious.

Last night at the Yankees/Orioles game:
The score is 3-1 Baltimore, 9th inning, 2 on, 2 out, Alex Rodriguez has two strikes. He takes the next pitch–which is clearly a strike, but called a ball. Even a-rod knew he got away with it. If the ball is called a strike, he’s out, game’s over, Oriole’s win. But of course on the next pitch he hits a 3 run homer which eventually wins the game.
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Yes, I am aware that umpriring is a difficult job and mistakes happen. But is it merely a coincidence that most of the mistakes come at the benefit to the Yankees? I think not.

That pitch to A-Rod could have easily been called strike three, but not on this hitter and not on this team. What I saw was A-Rod, after connecting on the homer, giving the Baltimore dugout “the look.” It’s no wonder nobody outside of New York likes this clown. I’ll be glad when the last of these roiders have left the game.
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Good win by the Tigers last night. I could watch Scherzer pitch every night. He works as fast as Verlander now. Leyland asks for more innings, Max provides more innings. He’s been a nice pickup, to say the least, although Edwin is no slouch either.
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Is it possible that we’re slowly putting away the curse of the White Sox?
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I’m blacked out today, as usual. I get the Braves, also as usual.

50 pitches

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