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Perry optioned to Toledo

Ryan Perry is heading back to Triple-A Toledo, this time for a longer stay than his brief stop there a week and a half ago. The Tigers optioned out the rookie reliever after Sunday’s game.

No corresponding move was announced, but the move was as much about working with Perry as getting in another bullpen arm. The 22-year-old had encountered struggles over the past few weeks, which the Tigers hope they can address with a more regular workload with the Mud Hens.

Perry, Detroit’s first-round pick in last summer’s First-Year Player Draft, made the team out of Spring Training with a solid fastball that consistently hit the mid-90s to go with a biting slider. But he was a case of learning on the job, as he had less than a half-season of Minor League ball last year — with none of that experience coming above Class A.

From Opening Day, Perry’s stuff an impressed, with a fastball that touched the upper 90s and a biting slider. The issue was going to be control.

For the first two months, Perry overcame it, recording five holds while allowing six runs on 12 hits over 20 1/3 innings despite 16 walks. His six June outings, however, saw opponents score seven runs in as many innings on 12 hits with five walks and six strikeouts.

For the season so far, Perry is 0-1 with a 4.28 ERA, having allowed 24 hits over 27 1/3 innings with 21 walks and 25 strikeouts.

The Tigers optioned Perry to Toledo on June 8 to make room for Jeremy Bonderman’s return, but promptly brought back Perry once Bonderman went back on the disabled list four days later. Perry spent just a few hours in Toledo and didn’t pitch in a game there.

It's official: Bondo to DL

The Tigers have placed Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list Friday retroactive to June 9, for continued rehabilitation from thoracic outlet compression syndrome. Ryan Perry is indeed coming up from Triple-A Toledo.

Perry's return could mean DL for Bonderman

Ryan Perry’s trip to the Minor Leagues was apparently a short one. So, too, might be Jeremy Bonderman’s return to the Tigers.

Though Perry was scheduled to join the Mud Hens on Thursday for the start of their homestand, he had no sooner arrived before he was emptying his locker again and heading out, according to the Toledo Blade. He appears poised to rejoin the Tigers this weekend in Pittsburgh for their three-game series against the Pirates.

By rule, players who are optioned to the Minor Leagues can’t return to the Majors within 10 days unless they’re replacing a player who goes on the disabled list.

That’s where Bonderman could come into play. He hasn’t pitched since giving up six runs over four-plus innings in the second game of Monday’s day-night doubleheader against the White Sox, an outing that by manager Jim Leyland’s account was “not too good.”

Bonderman was in the bullpen for the remainder of the series, but wasn’t used. Every other pitcher in the Tigers bullpen entered one of Detroit’s final three games in the series. However, Bonderman said after Thursday’s series finale at U.S. Cellular Field that he was available to pitch and was fine.

Bonderman’s outing Monday was his first Major League appearance in more than a year. He missed most of last season with surgery to correct a blood vessel restriction in his shoulder, then spent this spring building up strength in his arm. He still isn’t at full velocity and might not be until next year. The question the Tigers have faced is whether he’s strong enough yet to pitch effectively.

Manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday that Bonderman would work out of the bullpen for now. Asked if Bonderman could be a reliever longer term, much like Nate Robertson has been for Detroit so far this season, Leyland didn’t think that would happen.

“I do not think that,” Leyland said Wednesday.

Rincon designated for assignment

The Tigers made room for Dontrelle Willis on the 25-man roster after Tuesday’s game by designating Juan Rincon for assignment. The versatile 30-year-old right-hander made the team out of Spring Training as a non-roster invitee to provide a veteran arm in the bullpen, but ended up pitching in just seven of the Tigers’ first 31 games. He last pitched May 5 in a 9-0 win over the Twins at Comerica Park. For someone who said back in Spring Training that he needs to pitch regularly to be effective, it was not a good situation.

According to Tigers vice president/baseball legal counsel John Westhoff, Rincon has three days to decide whether to accept an assignment to Triple-A Toledo or become a free agent. He went 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA for the Tigers, allowing six runs on 12 hits in 10 1/3 innings with six walks and 10 strikeouts.

Manager Jim Leyland also said that the way Ryan Perry was used Tuesday will probably be the way he’ll use him for a while. He’d like to use Perry in situations where he can get 40 pitches in a game.

“I think this is a good way to break him in,” Leyland said.

UPDATE: Rincon’s agent, Ed Setlik, said Wednesday afternoon that he and his client are weighing his options before getting back in touch with the Tigers. “We’re still in the process of evaluating what’s going on,” Setlik said. He didn’t get into possibilities. Given the Tigers’ pitching situation and the need for relief on other clubs, however, free agency would seem the more likely option.

Bullpen fact from Elias

From Elias Sports Bureau: Those four perfect innings from Nate Robertson, Bobby Seay, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney Saturday marked the first time since 2004 that Detroit’s bullpen had thrown four innings in a game without allowing a runner to reach base.

In case you were curious, that game was June 27, 2004 against Arizona at Comerica Park, one of the walkoff victories against the Diamondbacks that weekend. Danny Patterson replaced Mike Maroth with nobody out in the sixth and retired all four batters he faced before Jamie Walker went 2 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts. Detroit came back from a 5-2 deficit to tie it before Carlos Pena hit a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.

TIGERS

  1. Granderson, CF
  2. Polanco, 2B
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Guillen, LF
  6. Larish, DH
  7. Laird, C
  8. Inge, 3B
  9. Everett, SS

P: Edwin Jackson

RANGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, 3B
  3. Josh Hamilton, CF
  4. Hank Blalock, DH
  5. Nelson Cruz, RF
  6. David Murphy, LF
  7. Chris Davis, 1B
  8. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
  9. Elvis Andrus, SS

P: Kevin Millwood

Leyland on pulling Jackson

Jim Leyland on the decision to pull Edwin Jackson in the 8th after 89 pitches: “There was no question that he was starting to go. There was no question about that. It was the perfect situation for Seay to come in, get out the one lefty who was a pretty good hitter. We got that. We felt real good about it, but there was no doubt in my mind about that. I don’t question that at all. He gave us everything you could ask for and more. Rolen hit the home run, and we had the unfortunate little play there that we didn’t make. That’s all part of the game.”

On another bullpen note, if the game had gone into extra innings, Leyland said that Ryan Perry would’ve pitched the 10th, which would’ve made for quite a Major League debut.

Offensive woes continue as Tigers lose again

JUPITER, Fla. — The Tigers failed to get anything going offensively again, mustering just six hits in a 6-2 loss to the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday. Yes, the potential Nos. 1, 3, 4 and 5 hitters in the order are playing in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jim Leyland said he wishes some of the young guys that are here now would take more advantage of the opportunity. 

And the problem lies with them falling behind on counts early.
“It’s fastball, strike one. Curveball, strike two. Then they’re on the defense. You can’t let
that happen,” said Leyland, whose team struck out eight times Tuesday, after posting 11 Ks on Monday. 
“You can’t take a fastball down the middle and a breaking ball down the middle and expect to hit big-league pitching. It’s just not going to happen. I don’t care who you are.”
* In case you’re not scoring at home, the Tigers (3-8) have mustered two runs per game in their last five — all losses.
* Zach Miner wasn’t as sharp as Rick Porcello was yesterday — another candidate for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation. Miner gave up three runs and seven hits in three innings to move his record to 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA this spring. 

“I felt like I was throwing the ball well,” Miner said. “I just didn’t get
it down when I needed to to get results. The old saying is you can’t control
results. But I wish you could.”

* Miner said he didn’t feel pressured by the 20-year-old Porcello having a good outing on Monday: “You just want to do well no matter what. Whether everybody is doing great, or they’re doing terrible.”

* Ryan Perry pitched another scoreless inning on Tuesday. That makes 4 2/3 straight for the 22-year-old right-hander. 

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What happened to Perry's goggles

You might remember from last summer’s draft coverage that Ryan Perry wore sport goggles when he pitched at the University of Airzona, much like Nate Robertson when he first joined the Tigers. By now, you’ve probably also seen photos of Perry without them.

So why did Ryan Perry ditch the specs? Did he use some of his bonus money to buy specialty contacts or something?

It isn’t that. According to Perry, his vision prescription changed, and he has to special-order the specs that he wears. So for now, he’s wearing the contact lenses that he usually wears outside the ballpark. Once his new specs come in, he said, they’ll be back on him when he’s on the mound.

If he can wear his contacts in games now, why doesn’t he just wear them all season, you ask? It’s a comfort thing. They collect dirt easily, he said, and they also dry out. They’re some of the same reasons Nate Robertson had when he went to the sport googles a few years ago.

Perry makes an impression

Sorry about the lack of updates the last couple days. Had some connection issues, but we’re back on now.

Now, before you read on, remember that games haven’t started yet and pitchers haven’t faced hitters. Still, a few days into camp, Ryan Perry is making an impression on the Tigers. Jim Leyland has described him as a “big arm,” and while he isn’t saying anything about the roster, he has pointed out — rightly — that he hasn’t been afraid to take young arms in the past.

“I’m not saying Ryan Perry is going to make the team,” Leyland said. “But I’m saying it makes you stop and look.”

Perry, for his part, said he doesn’t expect to make the team.

“It would be an honor to make it,” Perry said, “but I’m not getting my hopes up.”

It’s a sunny, windy day down here in Lakeland — slightly cool (relatively speaking, I know) but expected to warm up as the day goes on. It’s a good day for coaches to torture some outfielders with high fly balls.

“If you can catch a fly ball here,” Al Kaline said, “you can catch them anywhere.”

Dombrowski on radio last night

WXYT had Dave Dombrowski on its Tiger Talk program Thursday night. Most of the interview repeated some of the same insights he had during TigerFest (albeit with a healthier voice this time), but there were a couple quotes to note.

First, he did not completely eliminate the idea of Rick Porcello making the club this spring. He essentially put him in the same group as Ryan Perry. At the same time, he said it depends a lot of how other pitchers in camp perform.

“A lot of people in our Minor League system that know Porcello feel that if he goes out there and he gets the ball every five days in Spring Training, which he will, that he will end up being one of our five best pitchers and in our rotation come the end of spring,” Dombrowski said. “I’m not ready to make that proclamation, but it tells you how highly regarded he is. And he not only has good stuff, he’s mature beyond his years. He’s a very intelligent individual, hard working. He’s a guy on the mound at a young age that knows how to think through situations and just does not throw harder, which is something that’s very difficult to teach. He’s a quality talent and I’ll be interested to see how he progresses this spring myself.”

Asked how the chances of Porcello and/or Perry making the club, Dombrowski said, “Time will tell. We’re not afraid to make that jump. I think a lot depends on not only how they pitch, but how other people on our staff throw. It’ll be interesting to watch the progress with those two guys.”

He also took care of the question fans ask every so often, about why the Tigers wouldn’t make a run at Manny Ramirez:

“When you look at it, there’s no question that Manny can swing the bat. But we’re in a position where first of all, we still think our offense is very good. We’re in a spot where we have spent a lot of money in the past, so we have really pushed our limits in that regard. Offense has not been our focus. If we were ever going to go out to make a big splash, I think it would’ve been on the pitching front. So for us, it just is a spot where to spend those type of dollars just does not make sense for us in our situation at this time.”

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