Like adding salt to a wound, the Tigers’ pitching staff took two more hits after their crushing loss of 9 – 2 on Tuesday after their game against the Angels.
Francisco Liriano, the left-handed starting pitcher, and Daniel Stumpf, their only left-handed reliever in the team’s bullpen were placed on the disabled list.
While Liriano strained his right hamstring, Stumpf had an irritation in his left ulnar nerve.
For their replacement, Ryan Carpenter a left-handed starter, and Johnny Barbato, right-handed reliever were called up from Triple-A Toledo.
The manager Ron Gardenhire seems to be taking things in stride. He said that this is the name of the game. He said there’s so much going on right now, and they’re starting to see a few others returning, and then this happened.
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Liriano commented that it was before his last start that ended in an 8-4 loss to the White Sox where he felt his hamstring tighten. It was in that game he gave up five runs in five innings.
Liriano said he tried to fight through it, but the pain wouldn’t let up. But he too is in positive spirits saying all they can do is go from day to day. He said in a few days, all should be back to normal.
Stumpf’s condition, however, is much more concerning. His team knew something was wrong on Monday when his only batter walked to first due to his four wild pitches.
Gardenhire said his pitches weren’t anywhere near their mark and even the pitcher’s mechanics had changed. Apparently, his arm was much more stiff than usual. His bullpen coach Rick Anderson called him into his office as soon as he noticed and asked what was going on.
There, Stumpf told his coach his fingers were getting a few zingers. They took an MRI which a specialist reviewed. The Tigers announced, for now, it’s merely an irritation, and they plan to wait for the swelling to go down.
Carpenter already made two spot starts for the team this season. He will likely take Liriano’s next turn this rotation. Carpenter is 1-5 with an ERA of 5.72 at Toledo. In Detroit, he’s 0-1 with an ERA of 8.31 in 8 2/3 innings.
Barbato was already up for a short time earlier in the season. He pitched well for the Mud Hens. He has four saves, an ERA of 1.72, a WHIP of .89 and 16 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.
In his three appearances alongside the Tigers, Barbato allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.