April 12th, 2013
Jose Valverde had his first chance at live hitters Friday in an extended spring training game against the Braves in Lakeland. He tossed a scoreless inning with a walk and a strikeout.
Valverde has at least one more outing scheduled in Florida, a one- or two-inning performance against Tigers minor league hitters in a scrimmage game Monday. The Tigers haven’t announced what happens from there, but at some point he’s expected to report to Triple-A Toledo for some appearances against advanced hitters.
Valverde, who rejoined the Tigers on a minor-league contract eight days ago, has no guarantee of a return to Detroit, where he spent three years as closer. He has an opt-out date of May 5 that allows him to request his release if he’s not in the big leagues by then.