Tigers recall Ian Krol from Triple-A Toledo
Back on the blog after a couple days of pulling double-duty to handle draft and game stuff on the site. Also back, apparently, is lefty Ian Krol, recalled by the Tigers from Triple-A Toledo to fill a role in the bullpen.
The team did not announce a corresponding roster move, saying that will be announced on Friday. But given the last couple days, they have a few different ways they can go:
- If the Tigers decide that Shane Greene needs a stint in the minors, they can move Kyle Ryan back into the rotation in Greene’s spot and use Krol to fill the bullpen void.
- If the Tigers decide a change is needed in their lefty relief corps, they could go lefty for lefty. Tom Gorzelanny gave up a hit and a walk without retiring a batter last night, extending his struggles to eight runs on six hits and five walks over 2 2/3 innings in his last four outings. He’s giving up a .303 average to left-handed hitters this season, along with a .342 average to righties. Blaine Hardy has had a good run of pitching lately and would seem unlikely to head out.
- If the Tigers simply want another lefty reliever against Cleveland — remember, they called up Blaine Hardy for this very purpose a few games into the season when Joe Nathan went on the DL — they could make a swap, either for Greene or a right-handed reliever (Angel Nesbitt would seem most at risk here). Detroit doesn’t need a fifth starter until next Tuesday.
Keep in mind, the Tigers will have another roster move coming after Friday’s game to activate Justin Verlander from the disabled list in time for his start Saturday night.
As for Krol, the 25-year-old has done a lot to earn his return since being sent out on April 22. In 14 appearances, he has allowed two runs on nine hits over 15 2/3 innings with seven walks and 18 strikeouts. His first runs allowed came June 7, but he followed them up with two solid innings Wednesday night. Most important, left-handed hitters batted just 2-for-22 against him with no extra-base hits, no walks and 10 strikeouts.