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The Tigers send Phil Coke to the disabled list

May 1, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

World Series Tigers Giants Baseball AP

The Tigers early season bullpen overhaul continued as Phil Coke was moved to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with a left groin strain. In his place they bring in Jose Ortega from Toledo.

Ortega pitched two whole innings for the Tigers last year. Struck out four dudes, though. In Triple-A so far this season he’s allowed only one unearned run in 1 innings while striking out 19. That’s up from his minor league norms. His walk rate is down too, though still higher than you’d like to see in a reliever.

But it’s a potential plus for the Tigers: the chance to check out a live arm who could help later this season while simultaneously preventing Jim Leyland from using Phil Coke in situations other than lefty-on-left action.

  1. chrisdtx - May 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    19 strikeouts in 1 inning? Holy shit.

    • timmmah10 - May 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

      That’s a lot of dropped third strikes by the catcher…

  2. dawgpoundmember - May 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    …or there is some other way to get a strikeout without an out, because then that would be atleast 16 un-earned runs.

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