The Detroit Tigers designated reliever Jose Valverde for assignment Friday, less than two months after bringing the right-hander back to the major leagues for another chance to be their closer.
Valverde went 0-1 with a 5.59 earned-run average, converting nine saves in 12 chances. The Tigers likely will use Joaquin Benoit in most save situations for now.
Detroit has 10 days to trade, release or send Valverde outright to the minors.
“We have asked him if he would go to Triple-A for us, and try to work with him there, try to get him straightened out,” general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “He did not give us an answer on that. It really doesn’t make a difference at this point, since we would still have to get waivers at some time. He was open-minded to it. He didn’t say no to it, but he needed some time.”
The Tigers recalled right-hander Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo to replace Valverde in the bullpen. They also put former Mariner Matt Tuiasosopo on the disabled list because of a strained left ribcage.
ANGELS’ VARGAS ON DL
Left-hander Jason Vargas is on the Angels’ 15-day disabled list after a blood clot was found in his left armpit.
The blood clot was discovered after Vargas’ start Monday against the Mariners, his former team, making his move to the disabled list retroactive to Tuesday. He will seek a second opinion before considering surgery.
The Angels also selected the contract of right-hander Billy Buckner from Triple-A Salt Lake.
CARPENTER OK FOR REHAB
The Cardinals cleared pitcher Chris Carpenter to resume rehabbing from a lower back injury after the team got outside medical opinions about his comeback from nerve issues.
General manager John Mozeliak said Carpenter played catch Friday and was scheduled for a light bullpen session Saturday. How he responds will determine a course of action.
The Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the disabled list because of a partial tear in his rotator cuff. ... Indians manager Terry Francona said first baseman Nick Swisher, who has been out because of shoulder pain, could play Saturday. ... The Yankees shuffled infielders, promoting Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and cutting Reid Brignac, who hit .114 in 44 at-bats for New York. They also acquired minor league infielder Brent Lillibridge, from Jackson High and the University of Washington, from the Cubs for a player to be named or cash. ... The Braves placed infielder Ramiro Peña on the 15-day DL because of a right shoulder strain.