DETROIT, MI - APRIL 08: Brayan Villarreal #60 of the Detroit Tigers throws a seventh inning pitch while playing the Kansas City Royals during Opening Day at Comerica Park on April 8, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 5-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Detroit Tigers need another arm with the injury to Jose Valverde, and Brayan Villarreal is that guy, at the expense of Danny Worth.
The Detroit Tigers are making some moves to make up for the fact that closer Jose Valverde is dealing with a strained lower back. He's set to miss a couple games, and according to the Tigers official Twitter account, they've brought up right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal:
Tigers have optioned Danny Worth to AAA Toledo. Brayan Villarreal has been recalled from AAA Toledo.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 17, 2012
Valverde suffered the injury on Tuesday and is day-to-day, and Villarreal is being brought back to help out the bullpen. As MLive.com notes, Villarreal is being recalled 10 days after he was options on May 6 to make way for starting pitcher Doug Fister. That's league rules - a player has to wait 10 days to be eligible to be recalled.
Having Danny Worth sent down is significant. He wasn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but the Tigers liked some of the things he did when he was recalled in April to replace outfielder Delmon Young when he was suspended by the MLB. The Tigers needed an arm though, so it's Worth who gets sent down to AAA Toledo.