Adam McCreery and Wes Parsons got thrown into the fire real fast during the day contest against the Nationals on Thursday after Anibal Sanchez left action early. Parsons had to have been disappointed when he was hit by a comebacker. He stayed in the game but clearly was not comfortable out there. Both will now be headed back to AAA as the bullpen cycle continues with Shane Carle and Arodys Vizcaino sidelined.
Now, Chad Bell and Chad Sobotka will get the call. Bell made a few appearances for the Tigers but his career numbers over his first 31 appearances are… not ideal. We are talking about a 7.11 ERA here, and this is not a permanent move sp much as merely a fresh arm.
Chad Sobotka could just be up to be a fresh arm, but he has big-time upside and the potential to stick. He has a 2.14 ERA over three levels of the minors this season in a huge bounce-back year from 2017. He brings big-time strikeout stuff to the table.
While it is certainly frustrating for the bullpen to be short-handed, it is certainly exciting for farm system junkies to get to see so many debuts over the course of a week. McCreery, Parsons, and Sobotka may all need some more seasoning, but project to be contributors to the bullpen in the near future.