The relief pitching carousel for the Detroit Tigers continues. Today the team announced another move involving farm team affiliate the Toledo Mud Hens.
The Tigers today have optioned RHP Arcenio León to Triple A Toledo and recalled LHP Chad Bell from Triple A Toledo.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) June 11, 2017
Arcenio León had been used mostly in middle relief for Detroit this year. León started off the month of June on a hot streak allowing only 1 hit, 0 earned runs, and 1 walk in 3.1 innings of work. However, in his last 2 games, León has slipped a little off that pace. In games against the Los Angeles Angels on June 8 and the Boston Red Sox on June 10, he gave up 6 hits, 9 earned runs, and 5 walks in only 2.1 innings. Even though he was rocked lately, León certainly has the potential for greatness. He has shown flashes this year already.
Yesterday, Arcenio León made his Major League debut with a perfect inning of work, capped by this strikeout. pic.twitter.com/51DvnFeD82
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 29, 2017
Chad Bell returns to the squad after some solid outings in May for the Tigers. Bell appeared in 5 games in May for a total of 10 innings. In that time he allowed 6 hits and 3 earned runs with 5 walks and 7 strikeouts.
León had been used as a closer in Toledo and his opportunity to pitch more than one inning on June 10 backfired. Bell has been a fairly reliable reliever this year for the Tigers. Here’s hoping that León regains his mojo down in Toledo. The Tigers will need him down the stretch.
Finally Chad Bell is back up, should never have been sent down in my opinion. Arcenio Leon optioned.
— Nick Baum (@NickBaum18) June 11, 2017
Chad Bell, working as a starter in Toledo, hasn't pitched since June 6. He's a fresh arm who could throw multiple innings tonight if needed.
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) June 11, 2017