Valverde encouraged by initial tests, getting MRI
Jose Valverde said after the game that he was told by the Tigers medical staff that initial tests on his injured right wrist suggest it isn’t a serious injury. However, he left the ballpark soon after that to undergo an MRI at Detroit Medical Center.
Valverde said the wrist is sore, not a sharp pain. He hurt it while warming up in the bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. He felt it immediately, tried to throw another pitch after that and couldn’t.
“I threw like 10 or 15 pitches. I’m almost ready for the game, and the last pitch I throw, I noticed my wrist started getting sore, tight,” he said. “I had to stop, tell them what’s going on, because I don’t want to be out for too long if it’s something serious.
“But I think I’ll be OK. I’m getting an MRI right now to figure it out.”
It all happened so quickly that Coke didn’t know what was going on until bullpen coach Mike Rojas told him to start warming up. He saw Valverde put down his glove and sit down and thought he had simply finished his warmup routine.
If Valverde is out for any length of time, look for Joaquin Benoit to fill in as closer. The way Benoit has been pitching for the past six weeks, that shouldn’t be a weakness at all. It’s the trickle-down effect to the earlier innings where a Valverde injury would create the biggest issue, because after Phil Coke and Octavio Dotel sharing the eighth inning, the relief corps gets very young. One would imagine Brayan Villarreal getting a good amount of seventh-inning hold chances.