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One of the mildly interesting decisions the Tigers made with their September call-ups was their choice to only recall one left-hander for their bullpen, that being Jose Alvarez. Though Detroit had Darin Downs on their 40-man roster after a strong closing stretch in Triple-A Toledo, plus Kenny Faulk finishing up a quietly impressive season as a do-everything lefty in the Hens pen, both were left to go home when the Mud Hens season ended a week ago.
That decision has now changed. The Tigers announced Tuesday they’re recalling Downs from Triple-A Toledo, bringing a fourth left-hander into their bullpen.
While it’s not unprecedented for the Tigers to add call-ups well after the minor-league season is over, it’s pretty rare, and it usually only happens when depth becomes an issue. The 2002 Tigers recalled Craig Monroe (who was at home and relaxing by then) and Andres Torres from Toledo on Sept. 19 that year, but they were replacing Bobby Higginson and Hiram Bocachica after they suffered season-ending injuries.
Downs put up a finishing stretch to warrant consideration as a September call-up, allowing one earned run on seven hits over 13 1/3 innings from Aug. 1 on. He had a weird split in Toledo, proving far stingier against right-handed hitters (.121 average) than lefties (.238), but the at-bat totals were limited. He didn’t allow a home run from either side.
The good news at Triple-A Toledo is that Jair Jurrjens held his own in his first start for the Mud Hens, allowing three runs on seven hits over five innings with a walk and three strikeouts.
The bad news is that Darin Downs had a rougher outing in his second rehab appearance. He retired the first four batters he faced through the seventh, including back-to-back strikeouts, and into the eighth before back-to-back singles and a walk loaded the bases. The Durham Bulls emptied them off Jose Ortega.
Downs was scheduled to pitch two innings unless he hit his pitch count. He threw 33 pitches, 19 of them for strikes, before Ortega replaced him.
Downs could get one more outing for the Hens before the Tigers decide whether to activate him. The Hens are at home into early next week.
UPDATE: According to John Wagner of The Blade, Downs said that if he feels fine, he’ll pitch two innings or a pitch count for the Mud Hens on Saturday.
Omar Infante is back in Detroit, but is nowhere near a return to the Tigers. He’s at Comerica Park awaiting an examination on his left ankle, which gave him trouble again Thursday night during his rehab assignment for Class A West Michigan.
Infante said he felt fine at the plate, but felt pain — not soreness, but pain — in his ankle when he tried to to accelerate on the basepaths after getting on base. He also felt some pain pushing off in the field.
“It’s pain, same is in the past,” Infante said.
The Tigers are giving no timetable on an Infante return. At this point, they’re going to have to focus on simply getting him healthy and then move from there. Infante is thinking it might take a while.
“I think maybe one more week, two more weeks,” he said.
As for Darin Downs, he came out of his rehab inning at West Michigan last night feeling fine. The lefty will pick up his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo, likely pitching Sunday night. Again, there’s no timetable saying that one more rehab outing should do it, but it sounds like he’s getting close. The Mud Hens are home through next week, so the Tigers have ample time to get him ready.