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Jose Valverde out at least 3-4 days with wrist injury

Jun 20, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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Jose Valverde warmed up for a save opportunity last night, but had to shut things down in the bullpen with wrist soreness and the Tigers instead turned to Phil Coke to close out the 6-3 win over the Cardinals.

Valverde showed up at the ballpark today feeling better, but told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to miss at least 3-4 days and will be examined further by a wrist specialist before the Tigers decide if a disabled list stint is needed.

After converting all 49 of his regular season save chances last year Valverde has already blown three saves in 16 opportunities this year while posting a 4.18 ERA and nearly as many walks (17) as strikeouts (19) in 28 innings.

Joaquin Benoit is the likely fill-in closer, although Coke could get some save chances based on lefty-righty matchups.

  1. stex52 - Jun 20, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Spit on it. It will feel better.

  2. marshmallowsnake - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Did he hurt it raising it over his head to distract people?

  3. seeinred87 - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    I just haven’t been all that comfortable with him on the mound this season. Benoit definitely makes sense, but I’d love to see Villareal get a shot; he’s been crazy good. Anyone who can record a hold without throwing a pitch has to be pretty awesome, right?

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