Duane Below designated for assignment
Whether or not you believe that Duane Below was the pitcher who deserved to be dropped from the 40-man roster, he’s somebody the Tigers had to believe stands a reasonable chance of sneaking through waivers. Thus, when it came time today to clear a spot on the 40-man roster Jose Valverde, Below was the guy designated for assignment.
If somebody claims him (hey, the Blue Jays have been claiming players left and right this month), then the Tigers will lose out on somebody who currently stands as an insurance starter for them at Triple-A Toledo. If not, he’ll return to the Mud Hens rotation next week, and the Tigers can purchase his contract back if they have the need to call him up this summer.
The 27-year-old Below has bounced back from a miserable Spring Training to put up four quality starts in as many chances at Toledo. His 1-2 record belies his 2.10 ERA and 15 hits allowed over 25 2/3 innings. He has walked four and struck out 15.