Tigers recall Darin Downs from Toledo (or his house)
One of the mildly interesting decisions the Tigers made with their September call-ups was their choice to only recall one left-hander for their bullpen, that being Jose Alvarez. Though Detroit had Darin Downs on their 40-man roster after a strong closing stretch in Triple-A Toledo, plus Kenny Faulk finishing up a quietly impressive season as a do-everything lefty in the Hens pen, both were left to go home when the Mud Hens season ended a week ago.
That decision has now changed. The Tigers announced Tuesday they’re recalling Downs from Triple-A Toledo, bringing a fourth left-hander into their bullpen.
While it’s not unprecedented for the Tigers to add call-ups well after the minor-league season is over, it’s pretty rare, and it usually only happens when depth becomes an issue. The 2002 Tigers recalled Craig Monroe (who was at home and relaxing by then) and Andres Torres from Toledo on Sept. 19 that year, but they were replacing Bobby Higginson and Hiram Bocachica after they suffered season-ending injuries.
Downs put up a finishing stretch to warrant consideration as a September call-up, allowing one earned run on seven hits over 13 1/3 innings from Aug. 1 on. He had a weird split in Toledo, proving far stingier against right-handed hitters (.121 average) than lefties (.238), but the at-bat totals were limited. He didn’t allow a home run from either side.