The Detroit Tigers needed pitching help.
Left-handed Matthew Boyd offered a solution: he told manager AJ Hinch he could move forward a day – to his original Sunday seat – instead of having his start postponed to Monday. The Tigers wanted to give Boyd and the rest of the starting rotation an extra day to rest, but then they had to use five pitchers and two positioners in Saturday’s 15-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
“Once we’ve come up with a plan and these guys are physically on a schedule, I don’t think it’s good for your health or your mental preparation to change that,” Hinch said on Sunday morning. “That’s why we decided to bring an additional mug with us.”
After Boyd was out of the picture, the Tigers turned to right-handed Kyle Funkhouser to kick off Sunday’s series finale with the White Sox, a bullpen-only game. They called the right helper, Buck Farmer – and added him back to the 40 man list – from Triple-A Toledo for additional help.
“He’s a fresh arm and has a nice little run,” said Hinch of Farmer. “The last three or four games have been very good. I know he’s going to throw strikes. I know he can log some pitches. Hopefully he can capture that rhythm and timing that he had in Triple-A and it to bring to the great. ” Leagues and try not to do too much up here on his return. “
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The 30-year-old farmer was designated for use on May 7th. After clearing the waivers, he was sent to Toledo, where he pitched for the mud chickens.
He threw 10⅔ innings over 12 outings for the Tigers earlier this season. He posted a 12.66 ERA, nine walks, and 10 strikeouts. His poor results forced the organization to demote him. Not even his veteran status – eight MLB seasons – could save him.
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But the Tigers never forgot farmers.
They always assumed that he could find his way back.
“We hadn’t lost sight of him when we sent him down,” said Hinch. “We had to make a few roster changes to skip it a bit with some simpler transactions, but it has become a factor for us again.”
For the Mud Hen, Farmer had a 3.97 ERA in 11⅓ innings over nine appearances. He went four strokes and struck seven. Since the beginning of June he has played 6⅓ goalless innings in a row and allowed three hits without taking a walk through four outings.
To make room for farmers in the active list, the rightful assistant Beau Burrows was sent to Toledo. He allowed four runs on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts on Saturday’s loss. He served 1⅔ innings before leaving with an illness.
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The Tigers did not have to remove a player from the 40-man roster as third baseman Jeimer Candelario is on the injured list for COVID-19 admission logs upon his return from the mourning list. He had to travel to the Dominican Republic for family reasons.
Once Candelario is activated, the Tigers must perform a duty roster move.
For the fourth time this season, infielder Jonathan Schoop is not in the starting line-up.
Schoop, 29, was scheduled to play first base and beat second place on Sunday but was scratched from pain in his left hand. He was struck in the hand by a 97 mph fastball from White Sox starter Dylan Cease in the third inning on Saturday but remained in play.
The Tigers adjusted the line-up to feature rookie midfielder Daz Cameron in Schoops number 2 in batting order. Harold Castro took over the duties at first base and finished ninth because he is fighting left-handed pitching. (The White Sox founded left-handed Carlos Rodon.)
In 61 games, Schoop reached .262 with eight doubles, one threesome, 10 home runs and 29 RBIs. He has 17 walks compared to 56 strikeouts and a .317 on base percentage.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more about the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.