The Rangers were given quite the scare this afternoon when closer Shawn Tolleson was barreled into by fellow reliever Keone Kela, who was shagging fly balls during batting practice. You can watch the video of the freak accident here.
Fortunately, Tolleson managed to avoid injury. According to Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, he’s in the bullpen and available for tonight’s game against the Yankees.
Tolleson, 27, owns a 3.19 ERA and 42/8 K/BB ratio over 42 1/3 innings this season. He has been great since taking over the closer role from Neftali Feliz in May, going 17-for-18 in save chances.
Shane Greene was hammered for five runs over 4 1/3 innings last night in a blowout loss to the Red Sox, which was the last straw for the Tigers, who announced a change in their starting rotation this afternoon.
Acquired from the Yankees over the winter in the three-team Didi Gregorius trade, Greene started this season on a high note by allowing just two runs (one earned) in 23 innings over his first three starts with Detroit. However, the 26-year-old has an ugly 9.20 in 13 starts at the major league level since to go along with a 37/21 K/BB ratio and 13 home runs allowed in 58 2/3 innings. He has a 6.72 ERA overall, which is highest among all MLB pitchers with at least 80 innings pitched.
The Tigers demoted Greene to Triple-A for a stretch in June, but this time they are hoping he’ll be able to work out his issues in the bullpen. It’s hard to imagine Farmer being much worse, but he has struggled in spot-duty with the Tigers this year, posting a 9.22 ERA with 12 strikeouts and four walks in 13 2/3 innings over two starts and one relief appearance.
Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has been out since July 20 with left hip inflammation, but Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have cleared to make a minor league rehab start Thursday with Class A Inland Empire.
Weaver is back to full health, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that he has been “trying to get his mechanics, timing and velocity back to the point that he can be successful.” The 32-year-old had a 4.75 ERA over 15 starts prior to going on the disabled list while striking out only 49 batters in 96 2/3 innings and allowing 16 home runs. His average fastball velocity has checked in at just 83.9 mph (according to FanGraphs).
Andrew Heaney has been great during Weaver’s absence, posting a 1.79 ERA over six starts, and will likely push Matt Shoemaker to the bullpen.