Hardy called up, Knebel sent down

Blaine Hardy is indeed a Detroit Tiger now, as first reported by John Wagner of the Toledo Blade last night. Detroit purchased his contract from Triple-A Toledo, and optioned Corey Knebel back to the Mud Hens to make room.

It’s not a shakeup of a struggling bullpen so much as it is a retooling.

“He’s another left-handed arm. We’ve got a couple clubs coming up with a number of left-handed hitters,” Brad Ausmus said, noting the upcoming series against the Royals and Indians. “They have some key left-handed bats in their lineups. This gives us some options from the left-hand side.”

On Knebel, Ausmus said, “I think it’s important that he gets work. He’s still in development. He’s not a finished product, obviously. He’s only been out of college for about a year. He needs to a pitch on a little bit more regular basis. He did fine when he was here.”

The Tigers had an open spot on the 40-man roster after outrighting Danny Worth last week, so no corresponding move was necessary.

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