Nate Robertson pitched six innings of no hit ball for the AA Erie SeaWolves in a rehab start versus the Altoona Curve today. It was the first game of a doubleheader and doubleheader games only go 7 innings in the minors so he was one inning away from a no hitter. However, he reached his pre-determined pitch limit of 75 by the end of the sixth inning and was pulled at that time. Danny Zell came in and proceeded to give up 3 runs and 4 hits as the SeaWolves won 12-3. Robertson walked only 1 and struck out 6 along the way.
The start was a positive sign for Robertson who has been on the 15 day disabled list with a tired arm. Nothing has been announced but I would guess that he'll start for the Tigers next Tuesday. With Kenny Rogers and Robertson returning to the team, the Tigers will have to drop two pitchers from the rotation to make room. Four spots are locked up by Justin Verlander, Jeremy Bonderman, Kenny Rogers and Nate Robertson. The fifth spot will go to either Mike Maroth, Andrew Miller or Chad Durbin.