Lobstein season returns: Left-hander activated from 60-day DL

Four months after filling in for Justin Verlander in the Tigers rotation, Kyle Lobstein was activated from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, having recovered from a left shoulder injury that cost him nearly four months.

The 26-year-old lefty will make his return Friday night against Cleveland at Comerica Park. He takes the rotation spot previously occupied by Buck Farmer, who returned to the bullpen Wednesday night.

Lobstein went 3-5 with a 4.34 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers in April and May, including seven quality innings against the Indians April 26 and 7 2/3 innings with an unearned run May 7 against the White Sox. He took losses in his final three starts after that, and later admitted that he had been pitching through a sore shoulder.

An MRI showed no structural damage, but the rehab process lasted a while. He returned to game action four weeks ago on a rehab assignment that included two starts for Class A Lakeland and four more for Triple-A Toledo. He went 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA between the two stops, culminating in 6 2/3 innings of four-run ball with five strikeouts in a no-decision last Sunday.

Lobstein had been scheduled to finish his rehab assignment with a start for the Mud Hens on Friday night against the Indianapolis Indians. He’ll get the Cleveland Indians instead.

Lobstein’s return gives the Tigers three left-handed starters, all lined up consecutively, joining Randy Wolf and Matt Boyd. Lobstein is the only one scheduled to start the weekend series against Cleveland, followed by right-handers Alfredo Simon and Justin Verlander.

To make room for Lobstein’s return to the 40-man roster, the Tigers outrighted reliever Josh Zeid to Toledo. The 28-year-old right-hander, acquired last offseason off waivers from Houston, owns a 3-3 record and 4.71 ERA in 41 games out of the Hens pen, allowing 63 hits over 65 innings with 39 walks and 57 strikeouts.


Now there is a thrilling September call-up.

Hey Dan, I’m curious…did you ever play any major league ball? The reason I ask is,
you seem to have a good sense of the game and the Tigers. I’m a long time Tiger
fan from NJ and go back to Hal Newhouser, Hank Greenberg,Dizzy Trout, I was
around 9 years old at the time….used to trek to Yankee Stadium to see them
whenever my brothers I had the chance…We lived in a neighborhood of Tiger
fans….I think Hank had a lot to do with that,
Just too bad to see this team go down so badly…
Good Luck.

Ha! I don’t think he could be any worse than some of the others, though. Or could he?

No but like a lot of people I like to dream that I could have!
I’m still trying, but I haven’t noticed any scouts at our 65+ slo-pitch tournaments.
I toy with the idea of fantasy camp every year. Something always gets in the way though. Thanks for the acknowledgement.
I grew up in Windsor Ontario. Spent many a Saturday afternoon at Ladies Day in Briggs Stadium at 75 cents a pop.
Even attended a few Double Headers and watched Sunday Punch Charlie Maxwell from Paw Paw Michigan hit a few into the seats!
Reno Bertoia was my favourite player (along with SIX) and I had the pleasure of him coaching and teaching me in high school.

So many pitching possibilities. So few pitching probabilities. What happened to all the great pitching drafted by DD?

Traded, but for Verlander

Do any of you really think Brad will be with the team next year?

I’d be very surprised if Brad was back next year.

Who else do you think will be gone?

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