Funkhouser struck out the side on 15 pitches over his lone inning of relief in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Twins in the first game of a doubleheader.
Injuries continue to test the Tigers' rotation depth, but Funkhouser doesn't look as though he'll receive a look as a starter. After tossing 2.1 scoreless innings in the opener role in his final outing before the All-Star break, Funkhouser moved back into a traditional bullpen role Saturday, even though Game 1 starter Jose Urena exited after one inning with a groin issue that resulted in him moving to the injured list ahead of Game 2. Tyler Alexander, who started the second game of the twin bill, looks likely to fill Urena's future turns through the rotation, while Detroit is expected to call up Matt Manning from Triple-A Toledo to fill the fifth starter's role during the upcoming week.
Funkhouser started and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings but didn't factor into the decision Saturday in the Tigers' 9-4 loss to the Twins. He scattered two hits and a walk while striking out two in the 51-pitch outing.
Due to their heavy schedule of late, the Tigers elected to deploy a six-man rotation this week, which allowed Funkhouser to pick up his second start of the season. Since Funkhouser had tossed two innings out of the bullpen two days earlier and had maxed out at 36 pitches over his previous 23 appearances on the season, his workload was predictably limited Saturday. Funkhouser doesn't look like he'll be in line for a long-term stay in the rotation, though he could be a candidate to pick up another spot start before the end of the month since the Tigers are opening their second-half schedule with six games in a five-day stretch.
Funkhouser (3-0) earned the win in relief Wednesday against the Rangers after tossing two scoreless innings, walking one and fanning two.
Funkhouser has three wins this season and all of them have come over his last six outings, but perhaps more importantly, he extended his streak of scoreless relief appearances to seven. Funkhouser had a rough 7.27 ERA across 17.1 innings last season in his MLB debut but has been much better in 2021, and he continues to earn a more prominent role out of the bullpen thanks to his current 2.59 ERA across 31.1 frames.
Funkhouser (2-0) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings of relief and earned the win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Cleveland on Wednesday. He struck out one.
Funkhouser had a rough 7.27 ERA across 17.1 innings last season in his MLB debut but has been much better in 2021. The righty now has a 3.04 ERA across 26.2 innings, and he's been able to snag a few wins out of the bullpen. Detroit has Gregory Soto and Jose Cisnero currently closing out games, but Funkhouser is likely earning himself a more prominent role in front of the co-closers.
Funkhouser (1-0) pitched 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win Tuesday against the Cardinals. He allowed a hit and a walk with no strikeouts.
Funkhouser was the first Detroit reliever to enter the game, taking over in the fifth inning for starter Tarik Skubal, then working through the sixth. The righty allowed four earned runs while retiring just one batter on Thursday, but aside from that blowup, he's been pretty good lately, with only two earned runs allowed in his other nine appearances this month. Funkhouser now has a 3.57 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 17 strikeouts across 22.2 innings this season.
Funkhouser didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the White Sox after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning one.
Funkhouser tossed his longest outing of the season and delivered some decent results, limiting the damage to just two baserunners before being lifted with one out left in the third inning. Expect him to return to his normal relief role, though he looked good enough here to believe he can work as an opener whenever the Tigers decide to have a bullpen game in the future.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Saturday that Funkhouser will start in what will be a bullpen game Sunday against the White Sox, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
The Tigers will roll out a plethora of relief arms in the series finale, with Funkhouser slated to take the ball first. The right-hander's longest outing this season was 2.1 innings May 25, so he seems unlikely to pitch past the third inning Sunday.
Funkhouser logged a scoreless inning in Monday's loss to Cleveland and now has a 1.42 ERA through his first five appearances of the season.
Funkhouser was recalled by the Tigers on May 6 and has pitched well across 6.2 innings, posting a strong 0.95 WHIP to go with the 1.42 ERA. It's of course a small sample size, and the 27-year-old struggled with a 7.27 ERA in his MLB debut last season, but the good run should at least let him stick in the Detroit bullpen for the time being.
Funkhouser was recalled by the Tigers on Thursday.
Funkhouser made his major-league debut in 2020 and posted a 7.27 ERA and 1.90 WHIP in 17.1 innings across 13 relief appearances. He'll return to the big leagues after Derek Holland (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list, and Funkhouser should mainly pitch in low-leverage situations.
Funkhouser was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
The right-hander allowed three runs over two innings through two spring appearances and will begin the season in the minors. Funkhouser made his major-league debut for Detroit in 2020 and posted a 7.27 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and 12:11 K:BB across 17.1 innings.
Funkhouser was optioned to the Tigers' alternate training site Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Funkhouser made his big-league debut at the start of this season and had remained on the roster all year to this point, though he did very little with his opportunities. In 16.1 innings of relief, he posted a 6.06 ERA, a 1.71 WHIP and a 12:9 K:BB.
Funkhouser (0-1) allowed five earned runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work to take the loss Monday against the Royals.
It was an MLB debut to forget for Funkhouser, who got rocked despite not allowing a home run on a night in which Kansas City hit six long balls. That's a very faint silver lining for the 26-year-old, who was hoping to make a good impression in the majors after a four-year climb through the team's farm system. Detroit is rebuilding and isn't particularly deep in the bullpen, so Funkhouser should be allowed to work through his struggles in the big leagues, though he doesn't figure to work in a high-leverage role for the Tigers.
The Tigers recalled Funkhouser from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.
A fourth-round draft pick in 2016, Funkhouser will be up with the big club for the first time in his career after a slow, but steady climb through the Tigers' farm system. Funkhouser has worked exclusively as a starter during his minor-league career, but he's expected to work in long relief initially with Dario Agrazal positioned to begin the season as the club's fifth starter.
Funkhouser will be a part of the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
Funkhouser was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in March but will now provide depth on an expanded MLB roster. The 26-year-old made 18 starts at Triple-A last year and could be a rotation option if a need arises at any point this season for Detroit.
Funkhouser was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
He was a long shot to break camp with the big club after logging an 8.53 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A a season ago. Funkhouser will serve as organizational pitching depth.
Funkhouser was added to the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
This protects the 25-year-old righty from the Rule 5 draft. Funkhouser's below-average command and control was exposed at Triple-A, as he had a 65:54 K:BB in 63.1 innings (18 starts). The Tigers may keep developing him as a starting pitcher, but it seems like the bullpen is his most realistic long-term home. He probably wouldn't have much success, but he may get some starts in the majors this season.
Funkhouser was placed on the temporary inactive list at Double-A Erie on Monday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
The reason for the move is not yet clear. Funkhouser had been working his way back up to Triple-A Toledo after suffering a right shoulder impingement in early May.
Funkhouser (shoulder) has been activated from the 7-day injured list and is starting Tuesday for High-A Lakeland, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Funkhouser was moved to the minor-league injured list exactly a month ago due to a right shoulder impingement, but he's been cleared to return. He could draw a few starts at the lower levels of the minors before returning to Triple-A Toledo.
Funkhouser was placed on the minor-league injured list with a right shoulder impingement Saturday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
Funkhouser suffered the injury during Saturday's game at Triple-A Toledo. The 25-year-old remains without a timeline for his return but will be eligible to be activated May 12.
Funkhouser was reassigned to minor-league camp on Monday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Funkhouser gave up five runs through six innings of work in the Grapefruit League but also struck out seven hitters while displaying a fastball that hit 96 mph in his most recent outing Sunday. The 25-year-old will now likely turn his attention to the Triple-A level, and if Funkhouser pitches well there, he could make his MLB debut at some point this season for the rebuilding Tigers.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/22||vs TEX||W 7-5||1||2.0||1||1||1||1|
|07/20||vs TEX||W 4-1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|07/17||vs MIN||W 1-0||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|07/10||@ MIN||L 4-9||2.1||2||0||1||2|
|07/07||@ TEX||W 5-3||1||2.0||0||0||1||2|
|07/04||vs CHW||W 6-5||1.2||2||0||0||2|
|07/03||vs CHW||W 11-5||1.0||0||0||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||31.1||5||5||1||1||1||0||34||6||23||1.74||0.932|
|2017||AFX-West Michigan Whitec||31.1||7||7||0||4||1||0||49||13||30||3.18||1.383|
|2018||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||8.2||2||2||0||0||2||0||7||10||8||6.58||2.195|
|2019||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||5.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||4||1||2||0.00||0.600|
|2019||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||63.1||18||18||0||3||7||0||65||54||79||8.56||2.108|