Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Coke to DL, Oliver to Start Saturday

Jason Beck has reported that the Tigers have placed Phil Coke on the 15-day disabled list with a bone bruise in his foot suffered last night trying to field a bunt.  Coke will be replaced in the rotation by left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver. This is unfortunate timing given that the Tigers have another series versus the lefty-heavy Red Sox line-up coming up this weekend  Coke had pitched seven shutout innings against the Red Sox last week.    

Oliver was roughed up in his first call-up last season, but is one of the Tigers top pitching prospects.  He had a 3.26 ERA and 48/20 K/BB ratio in 49 2/3 innings for Triple-A Toledo.  Oliver won't join the team until Saturday when he stats versus the Red Sox.

The immediate replacement on the 25-man roster will be another southpaw Adam Wilk, who will pitch out of the bullpen.  Wilk walked only five batters in 49 innings for Toledo, but also gave up eight homers.  Right-hander Robbie Weinhardt was designated for assignment to make room for Wilk on the 40-man roster.

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