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Jose Valverde (wrist) could be ready to pitch Sunday

Jun 23, 2012, 10:16 PM EDT

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Tigers closer Jose Valverde hasn’t appeared in a game since last Friday due to a sprained right wrist.

But he’s just about back to 100 percent health.

According to Chris Iott of Detroit’s MLive.com, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that Valverde is a “possibility” but “not a sure thing” for Sunday’s series-finale against the Pirates.

Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit have been tasked with handling ninth-inning duties in his absence.

Valverde, 34, has a 4.18 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 28 innings this season. He’s 13-for-16 in save chances.

  1. gotmelk - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Brian Wilson and Valverde are crazy… but Valverde doesn’t need Tommy john… for the second time

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