The Tigers called up pitcher Eulogio De La Cruz today to take a shot at being a bullpen stud.
De La Cruz has spent a good chunk of his minor league career as a reliever, until last year when he was moved to the rotation and started to find success. This year he put together a remarkable string of outings and as the injuries in the Detroit bullpen mounted he was moved up to Toledo and into the bullpen. After walking 5 and allowing 3 runs in 1 inning in his first outing on June 4th, he has thrown 7 2/3 scoreless innings over 3 appearances.
De La Cruz (or DLC as he’s often referred to on Motown Sports) is a shorter guy standing only 5′ 11″ but can crank it up into the high 90’s.
Yorman Bazardo will be sent down to make room. I think this is less about Bazardo’s performance, which wasn’t bad, and more about seeing what the team has in De La Cruz and whether he can provide the help they need in the pen.