Baez was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Baez appeared in five games thus far in spring and allowed four runs on six hits and two walks across five innings. The 25-year-old made his debut last June and spent all of September in the majors as he posted a 5.02 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 14.1 innings. Baez will have to work his way back to the majors if he is to become a factor in the Tigers' bullpen.
Baez tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in Wednesday's loss to the Astros, and he's now gone three appearances (5.1 innings) without allowing a run since being promoted to the majors Sept. 1.
Baez also tossed 4.1 scoreless innings in his MLB debut June 4, so he's been unblemished in 9.2 major-league innings to date. The 24-year-old has certainly been a bit of a surprise, as his 5.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 103.2 innings with Double-A Erie this year didn't indicate that any success might be coming at a higher level. Nonetheless, Baez could earn himself a more permanent spot in the Tigers' bullpen heading into 2019 if he continues to excel in the final weeks of the 2018 season.
Baez was recalled from Double-A Erie on Saturday.
Baez will pitch out of the Tigers' bullpen for the final month of the season after transitioning to a relief role with the SeaWolves in July. The 24-year-old posted a 5.64 ERA across 103.2 innings with Double-A Erie this season. In his only major-league appearance, Baez struck out four across 4.1 scoreless innings.
Baez will transition to a relief role with Double-A Erie on Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
It was always expected that Baez would eventually make the shift to the bullpen, and Detroit's vice president of player development David Littlefield -- with the stamp of approval from general manager Al Avila -- elected to slide him out of the rotation in hopes that the 24-year-old will be ready to join the big-league team later this year in a full-time capacity. Across 15 starts with Erie, he's posted a 5.31 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 64 strikeouts in 76.1 innings. He made a long-relief appearance with the Tigers while serving as the club's 26th man during a doubleheader with the Yankees on June 4, during which he logged 4.1 scoreless innings. Baez will look to get comfortable in a role that he worked at in spring training.
Baez was returned to Triple-A Erie following Monday's win over the Yankees.
Baez was brought up as the Tigers' 26th man for Monday's doubleheader, and he tossed 4.1 scoreless innings with three walks and four strikeouts in Game 1. He's posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with 45 strikeouts across 55.1 innings at Triple-A this season.
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