Valverde tosses two hitless innings in scrimmage
Jose Valverde tossed two hitless innings Monday afternoon in his second outing at Tigers extended Spring Training, striking out four with no walks in a scrimmage against a Canadian junior national team of 16, 17 and 18 year olds at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.
This was the second of two scheduled outings for Valverde, who reported to extended Spring Training last week after signing a minor-league contract with his old team a week and a half ago. What happens from here hasn’t been announced, but team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said the day they announced the signing that Valverde would most likely get his test against Triple-A hitters at Toledo before the Tigers made a decision. Whether that would happen now or he might get another spring outing isn’t clear, but statistically, he has had little trouble against hitters in Florida, though the latest group of hitters consisted of teenagers — some of them likely headed for the MLB draft, some of them committed to college programs in the U.S. — who were probably surprised to see a veteran Major League closer on the mound. Among those in the other dugout were 18-year-old right-hander Nathan Borges.
jose valverde pitched against us today. it was the most odd thing I’ve ever been a part of
— nathan borges (@_naynayB) April 15, 2013
Valverde has an opt-out clause in his contract that he could exercise if he’s not in the Majors by May 5.