Since the Tigers had a day off on Thursday, they decided not to make an immediate move to fill Fu-Te Ni's spot on the roster after he was sent down to Toledo following Wednesday's game. After pondering the move for much of Thursday, however, the Tigers did come to a decision:
#Tigers will call up Daniel Schlereth tomorrow (Friday) to take Ni's spot.
Schlereth was acquired from the Diamondbacks along with Max Scherzer in the three-team trade that saw Edwin Jackson go to Arizona and Curtis Granderson to New York. The Tigers also got Austin Jackson and Phil Coke as part of the deal.
Schlereth pitched in 21 games last year for the Diamondbacks and had an ERA of 5.89. This season in Toledo Schlereth had an ERA of 2.83 in 28 games. He has yet to debut with the Tigers, but he will have a chance to make his first appearance in Detroit on Friday night against the Mariners.
Tigers optioned Ni to Toledo following the game. Corresponding roster move will be announced on Friday.
Ni pitched 23 innings for the Tigers this season and had an ERA of 6.65. He really was pretty good through the end of May, but he was terrible this month. He appeared in seven games, including last night's 11-4 loss, and gave up at least three earned runs on three separate occasions. Two other times he gave up one earned run. His ERA for the month of June was 19.50.
This move had to be made, as something is just off with Ni. The Tigers are already hurting for depth in the bullpen with Zumaya's injury and Ryan Perry not exactly pitching all that well down in Toledo, but this was a move that couldn't wait any longer in my opinion.