Oliveros reportedly to Detroit, Alburquerque to DL
As you may have heard by now, Lester Oliveros is apparently heading to the Tigers. The report originally came from Venezuelan media, and was followed by an update on Twitter, supposedly from his brother Rainer, congratulating him on his call-up. Finally, we have confirmation from John Wagner of the Toledo Blade from Fifth Third Field, where Oliveros’ locker is reportedly empty.
The first thought on this was that the Tigers were straightening out their bullpen now that Brayan Villarreal wasn’t needed as an emergency reliever. Then came the report from Wagner that Chance Ruffin is being promoted from Double-A Erie to take Oliveros’ spot. So either somebody is heading all the way down to Erie (unlikely, since Villarreal was in Toledo when he was called up to Detroit Wednesday), or somebody is headed off the active roster, either through the disabled list or the temporary inactive list.
The only known injury concern in the bullpen in recent weeks was Al Alburquerque and his previously sore elbow. As of Wednesday, however, it was supposedly no longer a concern, both Alburquerque and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. He was on a treatment program that worked well enough that he no longer needed it. Of course, that was before he threw 42 pitches Wednesday night, 21 of which were sliders. That’s actually less than his season average, a 3-to-2 ratio of sliders to fastballs.
UPDATE: FOXSports.com is reporting that Alburquerque is heading to the DL with right elbow inflammation.