The question no doubt came up after Armando Galarraga was seen with umpire Jim Joyce at the ESPY awards Wednesday night, but what happened with his scheduled start for Triple-A Toledo Thursday? Well, it was pushed back to Friday, a decision that came down before Galarraga went out to Los Angeles.
Galarraga is still on schedule to return to the Tigers rotation Tuesday, which means he’ll be going on short rest, which means he’ll most likely be on a pitch count Friday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
I can’t say if the decision was made in correlation with ESPN’s invitation to Galarraga to appear at their awards ceremony, though the Tigers don’t normally bring back pitchers to Detroit to start on short rest. For what it’s worth, Billy Buckner started for the Mud Hens on Thursday and gave up nine runs on seven hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning. The Diamondbacks have parted ways with Dontrelle Willis, who agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants. Buckner, the man the Tigers acquired in the Willis trade, has given up 60 hits over 37 1/3 innings, including eight home runs, to go with a 9.40 ERA.