The Tigers will use Alex Wilson as closer for the forseeable future, manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive.com, with Blaine Hardy also getting situational opportunities to close. "I'll probably use Wilson at the back end, maybe Hardy at the back end if there are lefties," Ausmus said. The team dealt closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh on Thursday. Wilson is 1-3 with a 1.79 ERA. He picked up his first career save on Thursday night. Hardy is 3-2 with a 2.56 ERA
Tigers reliever Blaine Hardy was saddled with a loss and a blown save on Saturday against the Indians. Hardy came on to start the sixth inning, with his team up 3-2. But he served up an RBI triple to David Murphy to tie the game. Murphy later came around to score on a sacrifice fly. All told, Hardy pitched one-third of an inning, allowing two hits and two runs to record his first loss of the season. Saturday was just the second time in his last 22 appearances in which the left-hander gave up a run, but his ERA now sits at 3.33. "Hardy has been so good lately," manager Brad Ausmus said, per MLive.com. "I think it was just an off day, unfortunately. When you're pitching in tight situations, like he has, most of the time against left-handed hitters, if you have an off day it can be the difference. That was the case today."
Tigers relief pitcher Blaine Hardy has not been guaranteed anything, but the young pitcher is making a case to stay with Detroit, according to MLB.com. Hardy has a 1-0 record with a 3.77 ERA in 13 appearances for Detroit. On Saturday, Hardy struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning, leading to his win. "His curveball had been up in spring training, and into the beginning of the season, and he's been able to get his release point a little bit more out in front of him and get it down in the zone for strikes," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "It's a good pitch for him."
With Joe Nathan on the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers recalled reliever Blaine Hardy from Triple-A Toledo, according to MLive.com. Hardy went 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 39 innings pitched in the majors last season.
The Tigers optioned pitchers Blaine Hardy and Kyle Ryan to Triple-A Toledo. They also reassigned infielder Josh Wilson to minor-league camp.