• by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Tigers RP Al Alburquerque could be ready to pitch Friday

    Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque threw a bullpen session Thursday, according to the Detroit News. He said he felt good and could be game ready Friday against the Indians. Alburquerque added the MRI on his injured hip showed no structural damage. He has not pitched since Aug. 24.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Hip ailment plaguing Tigers RP Al Albuquerque

    Brad Ausmus has revealed that the right hip of Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has been bothering him since before last weekend, the Detroit Free Press has reported. Albuquerque, who has not pitched since Aug. 24, was not performing well before going down. He had allowed five runs on four hits in his last 1 2/3 innings. Ausmus did not indicate a possible trip to the disabled list or timetable for his return to action.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Tigers RHP Al Alburquerque still has trust of Ausmus

    A Tigers bullpen that has been their Achilles heel in recent seasons could use an effective Al Alburquerque. And that means the Alburquerque that averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings heading into this season. Alburquerque has not allowed a run in his last five appearances, but he's given up seven hits with just one strikeout over those 4 1/3 innings. Brad Ausmus, however, believes he can still count on him to fan a batter when needed. "Especially against the right-handed hitter, I think he has the ability to get that strikeout," Ausmus told MLive.com. "It would be nice to have that (in the bullpen). ... I think he's moving in the right direction really. He's a lot better now that he was a month ago." Alburquerque, who didn't allow a home run in more than 56 innings pitched in his first two years in the majors, surrendered three during a two-game stretch and now owns a 6.75 ERA. His velocity has been down, resulting in few strikeouts. He has just six in 10 2/3 innings in 2015.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Tigers' Al Alburquerque may have sinus infection

    Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque will see a doctor on Sunday to evaluate the illness that has been bothering him. The Tigers suspect that Alburquerque may have a sinus infection, per MLB.com. In his last appearance, Alburquerque gave up four runs in two innings on Friday.

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Tigers bullpen all but set for opening day

    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is feeling confident about his pitching staff headed into the start of the season. So much so, that he's expecting six of the seven spots to already be taken by Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain, reports MLive.com. "Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past." This leaves Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid and Buck Farmer all battling for the final slot in the bullpen. "You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."

  • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

    Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million

    The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration. The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Tigers, Al Alburquerque swap arbitration figures

    Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque has filed for $2.05 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $1.375 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Alburquerque is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He posted a 2.51 ERA and 63:21 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings in 2014.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    David Price, Rick Porcello among Tigers players tendered contracts

    As expected, the Tigers have tendered contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players prior to the midnight deadline on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free-Press. Those players include: Al Alburquerque, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello and David Price.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Al Alburquerque picks up win Friday

    Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque earned a win Friday, striking out two in 1 2/3 perfect innings in his team's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays. Alburquerque (3-1) entered the game with two on and one out in the seventh inning and retired five straight batters through the end of the eighth before his offense came back to take the lead in the ninth. He owns a 3.12 ERA and 47:13 K:BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Al Alburquerque records second win Tuesday vs. A's

    Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque needed just nine pitches to record three outs in the seventh inning Tuesday to earn his second win in his team's 6-5 victory over the A's. Alburquerque (2-1) was summoned into the bottom seventh inning after another reliever walked the leadoff batter, and he managed three quick outs before his team took the lead in the top of the eighth. Alburquerque owns a 3.38 ERA and 26:6 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.