After spending the last couple of weeks rehabbing in Toledo, Fernando Rodney has been activated by the Tigers. To make room for him on the roster, Aquilino Lopez will be sent down to Toledo. At first glance, it's a surprising move because Lopez has been one of the Tigers better relievers this year with a 2.67 ERA and a 24/7 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. What is even more surprising though is that they plan to work him out as a starter down there.
It makes some sense to have Lopez start because he has been effective in long relief this year pitching 2 plus innings 8 times and going as far as 4 innings in one game. Still, it shows how desperate the Tigers are for starters with Jeremy Bonderman likely out for the season and Dontrelle Willis trying to regain his control in Lakeland. Lopez last started for Tacoma of the PCL in 2002.