Carpenter was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Saturday's game against the White Sox.
Making his second start of the month Saturday, Carpenter took the loss, allowing six runs on nine hits and one walk through just 4.1 innings. He struck out five but allowed some hard contact, serving up a homer and three doubles. The right-hander now owns an unsightly 7.25 ERA through 22.1 innings this season. The Tigers don't need a fifth starter until Sept. 1 thanks to an off day Monday, so Carpenter will temporarily head back to the minors before presumably rejoining the rotation when rosters expand.
Carpenter will remain in Detroit's rotation even after Blaine Hardy (elbow) is activated from the 10-day DL on Monday, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports.
Carpenter picked up his first career win during Saturday's start against Minnesota, allowing three earned runs off three solo home runs while striking out three across 5.1 innings. Manager Ron Gardenhire said that the Tigers decided to bring Hardy back as a reliever in order to protect his arm. Carpenter's next start will come this weekend versus the White Sox.
Carpenter (1-1) allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out three over 5.1 innings in a win over the Twins on Saturday. He did not walk a batter.
The 27-year-old got into the win column for the first time in his career, but Carpenter gave up a trio of solo homers in this one and has now served up seven long balls in 18 innings at the major-league level. Meanwhile, he's managed only 10 strikeouts. Carpenter lines up to face the White Sox in his next start and Chicago struggles against left-handed pitching, but even so, Carpenter's appeal is minimal.
Carpenter is slated to start Saturday's game against the Twins, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Carpenter was called up Friday after Blaine Hardy (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Carpenter wasn't needed out of the bullpen for the series opener, so he's set to make his first major-league start since May 31 when he got the nod against the Angels.
Artie Lewicki, originally scheduled to start Saturday, hit the disabled list with elbow inflammation Wednesday. Carpenter is the most obvious candidate to take his place as he's the only starter on the Tigers' 40-man roster in the minors, though the team could of course select the contract of another player or go with a bullpen day. Carpenter is scheduled to pitch Wednesday for Triple-A Toledo, which would leave him unavailable for Saturday, but if he ends up being scratched, that would strongly indicate that he'll be the choice for the spot start.
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