Schlereth sent down, Weber up from Toledo
The Tigers need a long reliever, preferably right-handed, to help cover innings tonight and tomorrow just in case. They also need Daniel Schlereth to work out his control issues. Their roster move between games of Saturday’s doubleheader was intended for both.
While the Tigers use up their remaining option on Schlereth by sending him to Triple-A Toledo, they give Weber his first call up to the big leagues by purchasing his contract from the Mud Hens. He’ll be in uniform for Saturday’s nightcap, though with Justin Verlander on the mound they clearly hope they don’t need him.
Weber has been a Tigers farmhand since 2008, when they drafted him in the 16th round out of Nebraska, and a Mud Hen since 2010. He allowed a run on five hits over 12 innings in two starts for Toledo this season, with two walks and 15 strikeouts. He becomes the fifth player from the Tigers’ 2008 draft to make it to the Majors, joining Ryan Perry, Alex Avila, Andy Dirks and Robbie Weinhardt.
The Tigers could’ve made the move without sending him anybody had this day-night doubleheader been scheduled more than a day in advance, thanks to a new rule recommended by the special committee on which Leyland serves. Since this doubleheader didn’t come about until Friday night, however, they couldn’t do it.
Schlereth, meanwhile, will get a chance to work out his fastball command in a lower-pressure setting.
“We like him,” team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “He just consistently hasn’t thrown strikes for us, mostly with his fastball at this point. The second half of [last] year, he had settled down and he did that.”
Schlereth went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA after the All-Star break, allowing five walks on 14 hits over 23 1/3 innings despite 12 walks. He took that success home with him over the offseason and made a point to better control his fastball.
That obviously didn’t stick. Schlereth held left-handed hitters to 2-for-10 until Josh Hamilton singled in the ninth inning Saturday afternoon. Right-handed hitters were reaching base safely two-thirds of the time off him until he retired four in a row Saturday.
“It’s hard to work out problems at the Major League level,” manager Jim Leyland said.