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Tigers demote Armando Galarraga to Triple-A six starts after near-perfect game

Jul 7, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

Well, we can’t blame Jim Joyce for this one.
Just five weeks after becoming a household name by throwing an “imperfect game” Armando Galarraga has been demoted to Triple-A by the Tigers, although general manager Dave Dombrowski made it very clear that the move is only temporary.
Because of the All-Star break Galarraga wouldn’t have been needed as a starter for two weeks, so the plan is for him to make at least one start at Triple-A and rejoin the Tigers’ rotation on July 20. Of course, if he was pitching better the Tigers could have just as easily kept him in the bullpen between starts.
Instead they sent Galarraga to Toledo and called up Triple-A reliever Robbie Weinhardt to take his spot on the pitching staff. In contrast to his incredibly calm reaction toward Joyce’s blown call, Galarraga reportedly was so upset upon learning of the move that he declined to speak to the media.
Galarraga is just 1-1 with a 5.61 ERA in six starts since forever being linked with Joyce in baseball history, giving up 32 hits and 10 walks in 27 innings during that span.

  1. Eric Cioe - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    “Of course, if he was pitching better the Tigers could have just as easily kept him in the bullpen between starts.”
    Considering Monday’s starter went 1.2 innings, and yesterday’s game went extra innings, they sort of needed an arm available to pitch tonight. Galarraga wasn’t going to be able to do that, so this wasn’t really an option.

  2. Mr. Heyward - Jul 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Can perfect games be a fluke? How did Braden and Galarraga pull it off since they both aren’t very good? I know Galarraga didn’t pull it off in the books, but clearly did in reality…
    Both have been down right terrible since their perfectos and both weren’t amazing prior to their perfectos. So what’s the deal? Did the Rays and Indians just agree to not get on base each respective day? Who will be the next low-grade to mediocre pitcher to throw one? My vote is on Gorzellany.

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