Alexander was recalled from Triple-A Toledo ahead of his start Sunday against the Blue Jays. The 25-year-old lefty has a 5.72 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 85 innings at Triple-A. Alexander gave up two runs in five innings in his only MLB start from earlier this season. The expectation is that Alexander will stick in the rotation going forward.
Alexander will be recalled and will start Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. Alexander will fill in the rotation after Spencer Turnbull (back) was forced back to the injured list. The 25-year-old has recorded a 5.72 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 94 strikeouts across 85 innings for Triple-A Toledo this season. He will make his second appearance for Detroit on Sunday after making his major-league debut earlier this month. In that outing, he allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out four across five innings.
Alexander could be called up to start Sunday against Toronto, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Alexander was scratched from his start Friday with Triple-A Toledo, making him seem like an obvious choice to handle Sunday's assignment. The 25-year-old has one career big-league appearance, giving up two runs in a five-inning start in early July.
Alexander was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after starting Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the White Sox. He allowed two runs on five hits while recording four strikeoutso over five innings, but he did not factor in the decision. Alexander pitched well in his major-league debut and was only hurt by a pair of solo homers, but he'll still return to the minors as expected after serving as the 26th man for the twin bill. The 24-year-old seemingly put himself in a good spot to return to the majors later in the season when the Tigers eventually need an additional starter.
The Tigers selected Alexander's contract from Triple-A Toledo ahead of his scheduled start for the nightcap of Wednesday's doubleheader with the White Sox. Alexander will act as the 26th man for the doubleheader, meaning he'll likely be ticketed for a return to Toledo immediately after making his MLB debut. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the southpaw, the Tigers designated reliever Jose Fernandez for assignment. Over 73.2 innings in the International League this season, Alexander has posted a 6.23 ERA and 87:18 K:BB.