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.