Farmer is one of several options to close out games for the Tigers to begin the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Farmer has been a steady if not spectacular bullpen option for the Tigers, recording a 3.74 ERA across the past two seasons. He's ostensibly a potential closer for new manager A.J. Hinch, but the more likely scenario is that he settles into a more familiar setup role in front of someone like Gregory Soto or Bryan Garcia.
Farmer and the Tigers agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.85 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Farmer posted his second straight season of competent relief work in 2020, following up his 3.72 ERA from the previous season with a 3.80 mark over 21.1 innings. A big drop in his strikeout rate from 25.3 percent to 15.7 percent casts some doubt on his ability to repeat that number in 2021, however.
Farmer allowed three earned runs on four hits in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Cubs.
Farmer entered in a non-save situation with the Tigers up 7-3, but he quickly got into trouble, starting the frame by allowing four straight hits. He almost gave up a go-ahead home run on a fifth straight hit, but Anthony Rizzo's deep fly was caught right in front of the center field wall. Farmer wiggled out of the jam from there, retiring Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber to end the game. Manager Ron Gardenhire said after the game that Joe Jimenez is no longer the closer, and Farmer, Gregory Soto and Jose Cisnero are expected to split save chances going forward based on matchups, per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News.
The Tigers reinstated Farmer (groin) from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
Farmer had been on the shelf since Aug. 10 with a left groin strain, but he was able to quickly move past the injury. The Tigers designated Carson Fulmer for assignment to clear a spot on the active roster for Farmer, who has been one of Detroit's top setup men this season with a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and four holds over seven appearances.
Farmer (groin) threw a 15-pitch simulated game Wednesday and could be activated Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Farmer has progressed smoothly in his recovery since being placed on the 10-day injured list, and his successful sim game was likely the final test prior to rejoining the active roster. Once he returns to action, he should resume his role as one of the top setup men in the Tigers' bullpen. The right-hander posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 6.1 innings to begin the season.
The Tigers are expected to activate Farmer (groin) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday or Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday that Farmer has bounced back well since being placed on the IL on Aug. 10 with a strained left groin, so the reliever looks like he'll be in line for a minimum stay on the shelf. Before getting shut down with the injury, Farmer had served as one of the top setup men for closer Joe Jimenez. Farmer has allowed two runs over 6.2 innings while collecting a win and four holds.
Farmer (groin) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Farmer landed on the injured list with a left groin strain Monday. The fact that he'll resume throwing within a week is certainly good news, though it's not yet clear when he's expected to return.
Farmer was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain Monday.
Farmer bounced back Sunday following a rough appearance Friday, but he apparently didn't escape unscathed as he'll spend some time on the shelf. It's unclear how long he'll spend on the injured list, but Gregory Soto could step into more of a setup role in Detroit in Farmer's absence. Right-hander Beau Burrows was recalled by the Tigers in a corresponding move.
Farmer allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk while retiring just a single batter in Friday's 17-13, 11-inning win over the Pirates.
Like a number of pitchers in this wild game, Farmer was hit hard. The righty entered the contest having allowed just one walk and no hits across his first five innings pitched this season, so it's probably best to just chalk up the rough appearance as an off night. Farmer should bounce back and continue to serve as a fairly reliable option for the Tigers in a setup role ahead of Joe Jimenez, who also struggled Friday and blew his first save of the season by allowing three runs in the ninth.
Farmer did not allow a run across his four Grapefruit League innings while striking out five.
Farmer is expected to pitch the eighth inning when the regular season is able to begin, and he looked the part of a trusted reliever during spring training. Joe Jimenez has proven to be a bit shaky in the closer's role, so it's not unrealistic to think Farmer could overtake him at some point depending on how the two perform.
Farmer will likely work in an eighth-inning setup role in front of closer Joe Jimenez this year, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Farmer had his best professional season in 2019, posting a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 73:24 K:BB over 67.2 innings, while recording 15 holds. By the end of the year, the righty had seemingly settled in as the team's setup man, and he appears to have that role secure heading into 2020. Jimenez is a volatile closer, so Farmer is worth keeping an eye on if the former falters.
Farmer signed a one-year, $1.15 million contract Friday with the Tigers, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
Farmer took a major step forward in 2019 with a 3.72 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 73:24 K:BB over 67.2 innings while recording 15 holds, leading to the raise in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 28-year-old enters the 2020 campaign as one of the Tigers' top bullpen arms.
Farmer (chest) allowed one hit over two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Cleveland.
Farmer left Monday's game against the Orioles due to an accelerated heartbeat and dizziness, so it was good to see the righty put the scare behind him and return to the mound in fairly short order. The Tigers may monitor Farmer more closely over the final 11 games of the season, but it appears he should be able to resume his normal relief role to close out the year.
Farmer left Monday's game against the Orioles due to an accelerated heartbeat and dizziness, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Farmer reportedly experienced these symptoms after drilling Renato Nunez with a pitch, though per Beck, initial tests have come back negative. The right-hander will be considered day-to-day until an official diagnosis is provided.
Farmer allowed three runs (one earned) over two innings in Friday's 13-4 loss to Cleveland. He struck out two and gave up four hits and a walk.
After Detroit starter Ryan Carpenter was blasted for eight runs in three innings of work, Farmer didn't fare much better. A fielding error by second baseman Harold Castro spared Farmer's ERA a bit, but the righty was still hittable in this one. Farmer has a 4.94 ERA and 1.43 WHIP across 27.1 innings this season.
Farmer will be the first pitcher on the mound for the Tigers in Saturday's game against the Twins.
Farmer hasn't thrown more than two innings in any appearance thus far this season, so there's little reason to believe he'll be a true starting pitcher on this occasion. He owns an unimpressive 5.01 ERA in 23.1 innings.
Farmer (1-1) was charged with the loss Wednesday against the Pirates, as he allowed one run on three hits and a walk, while retiring just two batters.
Farmer started off the top of the 10th inning by allowing a double and two singles. He was able to minimize the damage some by inducing a double play, but the 28-year-old still took the loss when the Tigers failed to score in the bottom half of the inning. Despite the hiccup, Farmer still has a solid 1.69 ERA across his first 5.1 innings of work this season.
Farmer (1-0) retired two batters, both by strikeout, and earned the win in Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
Detroit starter Matthew Boyd was brilliant, striking out 13 and allowing just one run through 6.1 innings, but the Tigers turned to Farmer to finish off the seventh inning with the score tied 1-1. He vultured the win when Detroit pulled ahead in the top of the eighth. After flopping as a starter at the MLB level in 2017, Farmer worked almost exclusively in relief last season, posting a 4.15 ERA and 57 strikeouts across 69.1 innings. The 28-year-old should continue working in middle relief for the Tigers, which gives him limited fantasy utility.
Farmer started Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Twins and did not factor into the decision, as he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He struck out two.
It was originally believed that Jacob Turner would get the call from Triple-A Toledo to start for the Tigers, but manager Ron Gardenhire decided to go with Farmer instead. The 27-year-old hadn't thrown more than three innings or 49 pitches in a game this season, so he wasn't expected to last too long Sunday. Farmer departed with two runners on base after tossing 41 pitches, and he figures to slide back into a middle relief role moving forward.
Farmer will serve as the Tigers' opening pitcher for Sunday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The Tigers initially planned to call up Jacob Turner from Triple-A Toledo to fill the opening in their rotation, but manager Ron Gardenhire apparently called an audible on that plan. Though Farmer was developed as a starter and picked up 11 turns through the Detroit rotation in 2017, he's worked exclusively in relief for the big club this season, submitting a 4.33 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 52 appearances. Considering Farmer hasn't worked more than three innings in any of those relief outings, he'll likely face a strict pitch count Sunday in what amounts to a bullpen game.
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|09/27||@ KC||L 1-3||0.1||0||0||0||1|
|09/25||@ KC||L 2-3||1.0||2||0||0||1|
|09/24||@ KC||L 7-8||1.0||0||0||1||1|
|09/22||@ MIN||L 4-5||1.0||1||1||0||1|
|09/18||vs CLE||L 0-1||1.0||1||0||0||0|
|09/15||vs KC||W 6-0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/11||@ CHW||L 3-4||0.2||1||0||0||1|
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|2014||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||103.2||18||18||0||10||5||0||116||24||91||2.62||1.114|
|2014||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||7.1||2||2||0||1||1||0||2||4||11||10.14||2.113|
|2015||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||86.2||16||16||0||7||3||0||76||25||85||4.18||1.276|
|2016||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||100.0||20||20||0||5||6||0||93||28||106||3.96||1.340|
|2017||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||123.2||21||21||0||6||4||0||114||31||133||3.94||1.331|