Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports that Justin Wilson is the Tigers’ new closer, taking over for the struggling Francisco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, 35, has had an abysmal season, having blown four saves with an 8.49 ERA in 11 2/3 innings to date. Given the way he was pitching, particularly after blowing consecutive save opportunities on Saturday and Sunday, it was a matter of when, not if, manager Brad Ausmus would make a change.
Wilson, 29, has been much more reliable, owning a 1.32 ERA with a 22/4 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings.
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.