Coke on track to return June 8

I speculated about this last night, but Jim Leyland confirmed it this morning: Phil Coke is on track to make a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo on Friday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, then return from the disabled list five days later, June 8, at Texas. That’s the first day he’s eligible to come off the DL.

No word yet on a pitch count for that rehab outing, but considering he threw the equivalent of three innings in his bullpen session a couple days ago, I would assume they’ll stretch him out. He has another full bullpen session today before throwing a side session tomorrow.

Andy Oliver will get one more start. The Tigers could have skipped Oliver next weekend if they wanted, thanks to Thursday’s off-day. But with Justin Verlander now on track for an extra day of rest after 132 pitches, Oliver will start on turn Friday at Chicago. It’ll be a good test for him on what’s being forecast as a warm evening at U.S. Cellular Field.

As for Coke, he’ll start against one of his old stops in the Yankees farm system.

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Coke is good comic relief. I’m sure the beat writers have to filter his comments, but is there anyone on the Tigers who can deliver a better one-liner? (Reason for taking his protective boot off: “I don’t wear high heels”). He seemed a little different than the average player, guess that extra bone they found in his injured foot actually proves it. Probably alters his center of gravity which affects his view of the world. Glad to hear he’s on the comeback trail.

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