Update: Matt Boyd is heading to Detroit
When the Tigers traded David Price on Thursday, Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said they could have chosen either left-handed prospect, Matt Boyd or Daniel Norris, to fill Price’s rotation spot.
It’s looking like Boyd might will not have to wait long for his shot along Norris.
— JWagnerBlade (@jwagnerblade) August 4, 2015
In a word, yes. The Tigers announced Tuesday afternoon that Boyd will be called up to start Wednesday against Kansas City in what originally was Buck Farmer’s spot. No corresponding roster move will be announced until after Tuesday’s game.
This has been on ongoing storyline. Boyd made his first start since the trade on Saturday for Triple-A Toledo, but pitched just two innings and 40 pitches. Dombrowski confirmed Boyd was on a pitch count, as seemingly had been signaled when the Mud Hens had reliever Alberto Cabrera warming up in Boyd’s second and final inning, but Dombrowski did not get into why Boyd was on a pitch count after not pitching in a game since July 24.
That was the first sign a call-up could be coming sooner rather than later. The empty locker Monday night was more definitive.
While Boyd could add another left-handed relief option to the Tigers bullpen, it’s more likely the 24-year-old would be a starter. The Tigers consider him a starter, as noted after the trade, and he has been used exclusively as a starter for the better part of two seasons. The fact that Boyd pitched just two innings Saturday design is a strong case he was being prepared to start on short rest. If Boyd was simply being kept on standby in case Alfredo Simon couldn’t pitch next Saturday due to his groin injury, Boyd wouldn’t have to be on a pitch count yet. Boyd almost surely wouldn’t replace Justin Verlander for Tuesday. More likely is the possibility of starting Wednesday, when Buck Farmer is scheduled to face the Royals. Farmer took a comebacker off his left knee last Friday at Baltimore, though he stayed in the game, and he left without completing six innings for the fourth time in as many big-league outings this year. In such a scenario, Farmer could join the Tigers bullpen, as some have long suggested fits his skill set, or head back to Toledo.