Friday, May 24, 2013
Relief options for Tigers, Red Sox
By Jason A. Churchill
Last week we learned that the Detroit Tigers were hard at work looking for bullpen help. With the news that Joel Hanrahan is out for the season after having Tommy John surgery, the Boston Red Sox also may be in the market for relief assistance.
Andrew Bailey has been lights out in 14 appearances, so as long as he stays healthy the club should be fine in the ninth inning, even without Hanrahan. It's bridging the starter to Bailey that may be an issue, and the in-house options are thin, considering Daniel Bard is struggling to throw strikes...in the minors.
Perhaps the Sox can check in on some of the names we suggested for the Tigers, including closer types Huston Street, Carlos Marmol, Steve Cishek and Casey Janssen.
In the meantime, Alex Wilson could get more chances in the seventh and eighth innings, joining Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.
Prospect Allen Webster, who has made a couple of spot starts in the majors this season, could serve as a relief option if necessary, though the club may prefer not to interrupt his development simply to fill a short-relief need.