Alcantara (mouth) will be activated off the 10-day injured list Sunday. Alcantara underwent tooth surgery and moved to the injured list July 4, but he'll rejoin the Tigers after spending the 10-day minimum on the IL. The 26-year-old has a 4.62 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 22:12 K:BB across 37 innings this season.
Alcantara will be placed on the 10-day injured list Friday due to minor tooth surgery, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Alcantara owns a mediocre 4.62 ERA in 37 innings for the Tigers this season. It doesn't sound as though he'll miss much more than the minimum 10 days on the injured list, much of which will occur during the All-Star break.
Alcantara is showing better command this season and has been using more off-speed pitches, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Last year, Alcantara had a 5.6 BB/9 at Double-A, a 5.4 BB/9 at Triple-A and a 4.9 BB/9 during a brief stint in the majors. This year, the 25-year-old righty cut that rate down to 1.2 in 51.1 innings with Triple-A Toledo, and he's kept it up at the major-league level as well, walking just two batters in 16.2 innings of work (1.1 BB/9). Alcantara said he didn't make any mechanical changes in the offseason, but he has been changing speeds and relying less on his fastball, which has seemingly made him more effective. The Tigers have already used Alcantara in some big spots, and he's responded with a 0.54 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
Alcantara was brought up from Triple-A Toledo prior to Friday's game. Alcantara will join the Tigers in a corresponding move to Michael Fulmer's placement on the DL due to an oblique injury. Across three appearances with the club this season, Alcantara has allowed three hits and one walk while striking out one over three scoreless innings of relief.
The Tigers optioned Alcantara to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. In his first big-league callup of the season, Alcantara made three appearances, tossing a scoreless inning in relief each time out. Alcantara's demotion likely sets the stage for closer Shane Greene (shoulder) to return from the 10-day disabled list ahead of Friday's series opener in Houston.