Ray to start Thursday, Miller optioned to Toledo
Robbie Ray is not returning to Triple-A Toledo just yet. He’s not joining the Tigers bullpen, either.
Much like the soreness in Rick Porcello’s left side, Ray is lingering longer than expected. And as a result of the soreness in Porcello’s left side, Ray is going to get another start with the Tigers.
Ray, who made two starts last homestand in place of injured Anibal Sanchez, will start the first game of the Tigers’ next homestand, taking the mound Thursday against Texas. That was supposed to be Porcello’s turn in the rotation, but he’ll get a couple extra days to treat his side soreness before starting Saturday against the Rangers.
“This is probably an overabundance of caution,” Ausmus said. “We would like to eliminate this issue altogether.”
Drew Smyly, who would’ve been on turn to start Saturday, will be pushed back as well, presumably to the following series at Oakland. Ausmus has made a point that he’d rather not start Porcello and Smyly back-to-back in the rotation. Porcello’s success might have tempered those concerns, but any risk of an early exit due to injury — remember, manager Brad Ausmus pulled Porcello after six strong innings Monday in Baltimore due to the side issues — could leave the bullpen with extra work.
That said, Porcello’s issue is minor enough that he did his normal running routine Sunday for the day after a start.
The Tigers still had to make a roster move Sunday to open a spot for Sanchez’s return from the disabled list. Instead of Ray, the victim was Justin Miller, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
“His last outing was his best outing,” Ausmus said. “He’s really, in a sense, a victim of circumstance.”