Tigers recall Ian Krol for lefty-heavy Mariners lineup
The Tigers will not be short of southpaws in Seattle. The next bullpen adjustment Brad Ausmus hinted at doing all weekend came down Sunday, with lefty reliever Ian Krol recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Drew VerHagen, who just joined the Tigers on Friday, was optioned out, sent to Toledo.
Krol probably would’ve come up with Friday’s bullpen shakeup had he been eligible, but he hadn’t spent 10 days in Toledo since being sent down after the series in Cleveland a week and a half ago. He hit that 10-day mark on Saturday. He made four appearances for the Mud Hens in the meantime, allowing two unearned runs on one hit over 4 2/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
Krol returns to a vastly different bullpen than the one he left. He had been a third left-hander behind Tom Gorzelanny and Blaine Hardy. Now, Gorzelanny is out, and Brad Ausmus is essentially trying out guys for roles. If Krol was ever going to get a clean slate to make his claim as a late-inning lefty again, this is it.
He should get ample opportunity to do that this week. The list of prominent left-handed hitters in Seattle includes Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Logan Morrison, Dustin Ackley and Seth Smith, among others. Joe Mauer awaits in Minnesota over the weekend.
Krol has limited opportunities so far, but Major League left-handed hitters are 6-for-15 against him so far this season. By contrast, International League left-handed hitters are 9-for-42 (.216) off him.