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.