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The Tigers just traded reliever Denny Bautista to Pittsburgh for a Double-A reliever named Kyle Pearson. Bautista had been designated for assignment on June 20. No word on how the Pirates will use him. Supposedly Pittsburgh needs more starting help than relief, but Bautista hasn’t started since 2006. The Tigers haven’t assigned Pearson to anywhere yet; he split his time between Class A ball and Double-A Altoona.
For those of you who wondered which reliever would go when Zumaya was activated today, it’s Denny Bautista. He was designated for assignment today, meaning the Tigers have 10 days to try to trade or outright him to the minor leagues.
He did not get through two innings of work as planned. Instead, he lasted 1 1/3 scoreless innings with two walks and three strikeouts. He threw 31 total pitches, 16 of them strikes.
Bautista entered in the seventh and retired the side with one walk. and two strikeouts. He started off the eighth by hitting Jorge Velandia with a pitch, walking Shin-Soo Choo and then giving up a Todd Linden single to load the bases. After retiring Jordan Brown on a called third strike, Bautista was done.
The Tigers have to make a decision now on whether to call him up or have him throw another rehab outing. This outing probably didn’t help his case, but we’ll see.
The Tigers put Denny Bautista on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. An MRI exam turned up negative for any structural damage after he left Friday’s game with shoulder soreness, and he should be ready in about a week. That’s too long, though, for the Tigers to go a man short in the bullpen.
If he’s ready in a week, the Tigers can send him out on a brief rehab stint, which could have the added benefit of letting him work on his command — which Jim Leyland strongly hinted just isn’t good enough right now after his 46-pitch performance for four outs last night.
“Either you have to be resilient, or that’s not good enough,” Leyland said.
Taking Bautista’s place for now will be Freddy Dolsi, who was the recommendation of player development director Glenn Ezell and pitching instructor Jon Matlack. Dolsi threw three scoreless innings with a walk and strikeout for Double-A Erie after striking out 11 batters over 7 1/3 innings with five runs on seven hits for Class A Lakeland.
He felt something in his shoulder on that final pitch. According to Leyland, he was to be evaluated shortly.