Valverde day-to-day with lower back strain
Just got back from the Tigers clubhouse, where closer Jose Valverde is likely out for the next couple days after straining his lower back against the White Sox on Tuesday.
Valverde said he underwent tests on Tuesday, and the results came back fine. Now, he said, it’s a day-by-day situation.
“I’ll take a couple days and be ready for Pittsburgh,” Valverde said.
Valverde said the back wasn’t bothering him while he was warming up in the bullpen. The first time he felt it was the second pitch he threw to Adam Dunn. He pitched to three more batters after that before he winced on a 2-1 pitch to Alex Rios.
In the meantime, manager Jim Leyland said Joaquin Benoit will “probably be” the closer. The exception would be if Benoit has thrown a couple more days or the matchups beg for somebody else, such as left-hander Phil Coke.