REPORT: Tigers to promote RHP Justin Miller from Triple-A
DETROIT — The first roster move of the season for the Detroit Tigers came Thursday as, according to a report out of Toledo, the organization promoted right-handed reliever Justin Miller.
The Toledo Blade’s John Wagner reported the move Thursday evening.
The Tigers have announced neither the move, nor the corresponding transaction yet.
A 26-year-old right-handed reliever, Miller is a former Rangers farmhand still coming back from 2012 Tommy John surgery. He was signed to a major league deal by the Tigers in September, after Texas released him.
Miller has not allowed an earned run in four appearances at Toledo, striking out six and walking one.
The Tigers may have use for an extra arm in the bullpen on Friday, considering Drew Smyly is making his first start of the season, and has only thrown a combined 98 pitches in his two relief appearances.
“I haven’t talked about it with Jonesy (pitching coach Jeff Jones) yet, but we’re certainly going to have to watch him,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He hasn’t pitched more than three innings since his last start in spring training.”
With Smyly likely to be limited in how deep he can go in Friday’s game, and neither Justin Verlander nor Anibal Sanchez having lasted longer than five innings in the last two games, the Tigers may be adding Miller just to make sure that the onus of picking up that slack doesn’t fall entirely on the shoulders of long reliever Luke Putkonen.