Alburquerque headed to Hens
Not exactly breaking news, but it’s a mile post on the road back for Al Alburquerque to the Tigers bullpen. His minor-league rehab assignment has been moved from Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo.
Alburquerque, working his way back from elbow surgery last December, gave up two runs on three hits in his first rehab appearance for the Flying Tigers, then tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings on two hits in three outings after that. Nine of the 10 outs he recorded in Lakeland were strikeouts. Five of the six balls put in play against him went for base hits. He walked one batter.
Alburquerque has about 19 days left of possible rehab time before the Tigers have to make a decision on whether to activate him. Whether Detroit uses all of those days isn’t clear.