Lewicki was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
The 6-foot-3 righty turns 26 on April 8, and has just 10.1 career MLB innings under his belt. The 2.03 ERA and 33 strikeouts he posted in 31 innings (five starts) at Triple-A last year looks impressive, but he profiles as a swing man or middle reliever long term. That said, it wouldn't be surprising if he got a handful of starts in the majors in 2018 on a rebuilding Tigers club.
Lewicki will be skipped in the rotation during the Tigers' upcoming series with the Indians and could be shut down for the season due to workload concerns, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Prior to being recalled from Triple-A Toledo when rosters expanded in September, Lewicki had already amassed 141 innings between two minor-league affiliates on the season, so he was never expected to stick around in the rotation for long. Lewicki ended up making a lone start Sept. 4 in what was also his MLB debut, tossing five innings and giving up five runs on 11 hits and a walk to take a loss against the Royals. Assuming Lewicki is indeed shut down for the season, he'll turn his attention toward auditioning for a starting role with the big club next spring.
If Lewicki is removed from the rotation, Myles Jaye would likely replace him. In Lewicki's single start for the big club this season, he pitched five innings and gave up five runs on 11 hits and a walk. Additional information regarding the 25-year-old's availability should be available in the near future.
Lewicki (0-1) landed in the loss column after allowing five runs on 11 hits and a walk across five innings Monday against the Royals. He struck out one batter.
Lewicki was knocked around in his MLB debut, allowing multiple hits in every inning except for his final frame. The lackluster performance left a lot to be desired, but with Jordan Zimmerman (neck) and Michael Fulmer (elbow) sidelined, Lewicki will remain in the rotation for the time being. If he stays on turn, he'll make his next start Sunday against the Blue Jays. While Toronto is a more favorable matchup for the rookie, it's probably wise to leave him on waivers while he works to find his footing in the majors.
Detroit will bring Lewicki aboard a day in advance of his scheduled start Monday against the Royals, which will mark his MLB debut. With the Tigers having traded away Justin Verlander to the Astros and Michael Fulmer (elbow) potentially being shut down for the season, Lewicki looks like a decent bet to see additional starts beyond Sunday, but fantasy owners in most mixed formats will probably want to see how the 25-year-old performs in his first taste of the big leagues before scooping him up off the waiver wire. After opening the season with Double-A Erie, Lewicki earned a promotion to Toledo in August and was quite impressive in his five starts with the affiliate, delivering a 2.10 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 33:7 K:BB over 30 frames.
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