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Tigers DFA Jose Valverde, recall Alburquerque and Garcia from Triple-A Toledo

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The short lived Jose Valverde return/experiment for the Detroit Tigers appears to be over.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers designated for assignment the 35-year old closer after a stretch of bad outings allowing 11 runs and 6 home runs in 7 1/3 innings. It also appeared more and more likely that Valverde would be shown the door after manager Jim Leyland commented Thursday that Joaquin Benoit would be his closer for the time being.

The Tigers brought back Valverde earlier in the season after Bruce Rondon who was slated to be the closer out of Spring Training had his struggles and was sent back to Triple-A to work out his issues. Upon Valverde’s return the closer did very well hitting on 6 of 7 save opportunities while allowing just one run during those 12 innings. However the same mechanical issues returned for Valverde in turn ballooning his ERA to 5.59.

Now the Tigers have 10 days to do one of the following after designating his contract for assignment. First they can return him to the 40-man roster which will not happen (at least not within the next 10 days). Put him on waivers and allow another team to pick up his contract (again something that probably wont happen), trade him or give him his outright release.

Yeah it does seem like Valverde’s time in Detroit is over HOWEVER, GM Dave Dombrowski said the the door is open for Valverde to report to Triple-A Toledo to work out his problems if he gets through waivers (which he will).

Meanwhile the Tigers recalled reliever Al Alburquerque and Avisail Garcia from Toledo whose already logged many miles on I-75 and will start in CF tonight for the Tigers. The team also placed left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo on the 15-day DL with a rib cage strain.

 

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