Krol dealing with dead arm, but no move — yet
The Tigers have taken Ian Krol at his word that he isn’t injured and can deliver out of the bullpen. After Krol’s struggles Friday night, though, there appears to be some question to that.
Krol, who admitted to shoulder soreness last weekend but said he felt fine a few days, said Saturday he’s going through a “dead arm” phase. His velocity was up Friday night compared to previous outings, but he said the life on his pitches was inconsistent.
Krol has been the one telling Tigers coaches and medical staff that he’s healthy. The choice of words from manager Brad Ausmus on Krol Saturday suggests some trepidation at this point.
“You don’t see the whip in his arm the last couple outings that we’ve seen before,” Ausmus said. “Velocity’s down a tick. He doesn’t have the snap on the breaking ball. He had that little bicep tendinitis a few days ago, said he felt better. I’m going to talk to him again about it.
“We’re going to need him later in the season. He’s had a decent number of appearances, so it’s something that we’re going to more than just keep an eye on.”
Krol’s velocity has dropped from 94 mph in May to 92.25 in June, according to brooksbaseball.net. He averaged just over 91 mph with his fastball his previous couple outings before topping 92 mph last night.
“He’s got that old-school mentality that he wants the ball no matter what. He’s never scared,” Ausmus said. “The unfortunate part is that he’s the type of guy that won’t tell me, or won’t tell Jeff Jones, is something’s not feeling great. He’ll always want the ball. But that’s the type of guy you want. You want the guy who’ll take the ball under any circumstances, but you want also want him to tell you when he’s not feeling great.
“I can tell the last couple outings that Krol still wasn’t feeling right,” Ausmus said. “When I ask him, he says he’s fine.”
Mark Anderson of the TigsTown.com site, which focuses on Tigers prospects, tweeted Saturday afternoon that lefty Pat McCoy is joining the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo. McCoy’s representatives have tweeted the same.
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McCoy is not on the 40-man roster, so it wouldn’t be just a normal move for depth. If he’s coming up, the logical move is to replace another lefty.
Ausmus, of course, will never say if a reliever isn’t available to pitch before a game. When asked if Krol could benefit from an extended period of stretch, however, Ausmus said, “Possibly.”