Alburquerque cleared to resume rehab assignment
The Tigers have been hoping for the sight of Al Alburquerque around Comerica Park at some point this summer. These weren’t the circumstances they were looking for, though.
The good news for the Tigers is that team doctors don’t believe the tenderness Alburquerque felt in his surgically repaired right elbow to be anything serious. He was cleared to resume his minor-league rehab assignment, and he’ll rejoin the Mud Hens in Lehigh Valley on Sunday with plans to make his next appearance on the mound Monday.
Whether he’ll have enough time to get back on the mound after that before the Tigers have to make a decision is in serious question. Alburquerque, who went out on rehab July 24, can be on assignment for no more than 30 days, or up to this coming Wednesday.
After that, the Tigers have to make a decision to activate him, send him to the minors or keep him on the disabled list without pitching.
Alburquerque has spent the past two and a half weeks with Triple-A Toledo. He has pitched only once in the past week, however, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings on three hits with five strikeouts Wednesday at Syracuse. Alburquerque threw 44 pitches in the outing, but the Tigers have had relievers on rehab stretch out their arm on longer outings to see how the arm responds.
Alburquerque said he felt tenderness in his elbow after that. In accordance with what the team medical staff told him before he went on rehab, he reported it and flew to Detroit to have it checked out.