Hardy signed a contract with the Tigers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Hardy posted a solid 3.56 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with a 66:22 K:BB over 86 innings in 2018. The 31-year-old worked the first half of the season mostly as a starter but moved to the bullpen after an elbow injury in August. Hardy seems likely to fill a bullpen role in 2019 for the Tigers.
Hardy (elbow) fired a scoreless inning Saturday against the Indians. Hardy hasn't pitched for 12 days due to elbow inflammation, but he was able to get back into game action Saturday after successfully completing a bullpen session earlier in the week. With his 3.76 ERA and low strikeout rate, the southpaw figures to see mostly middle-relief appearances for the remainder of the season.
Hardy (elbow) tossed a bullpen session Wednesday and expects to be ready for action against the Indians this weekend, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. Hardy has only pitched once since Aug. 14 due to elbow tendinitis and most recently, inflammation in his left (pitching) elbow. It appears as though he has made some steady progress over the past few days as he claimed that the elbow "felt good" following Wednesday's session. Moving forward, look for Hardy to remain in Detroit's bullpen for the remainder of the 2018 season since the club will refrain from stretching him back out with only a few weeks left to play.
Hardy (elbow) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday. Hardy will enter the Tigers' bullpen group after spending the last two weeks on the DL with left elbow tendinitis. The 31-year-old had a 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 11:4 K:BB over 10.2 innings as a reliever this season.
Hardy (elbow) will make his first rehab appearance at Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. The Tigers could have Hardy build up to a starter's workload during the rehab assignment, but the team intends to deploy him out of the bullpen once he's reinstated from the 10-day disabled list. Hardy has been sidelined for just under two weeks with left elbow tendinitis, so he's only expected to require two rehab outings to prove his health.