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.