One of the little nuances of the baseball rule book is teams being allowed to carry a 26th man in the instance that doubleheaders are being played on a given day.
The game on Saturday between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox was suspended in the 9th inning due to rain, and was eventually rescheduled for Sunday, beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET. Game 4 of the series will get underway shortly thereafter. However, because the teams are technically playing two games, both the Tigers and White Sox are eligible to bring up a 26th man to the big league roster.
The Tigers announced hours before the game on Sunday they will be recalling pitcher Buck Farmer as reinforcement.
The Tigers today have recalled RHP Buck Farmer from Triple A Toledo as the 26th man for today's second game.
— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) July 24, 2016
This will be the fifth time the Tigers have recalled Farmer from Triple-A Toledo. Farmer has registered a 3.94 ERA in 16.0 IP this year for Detroit, he last appeared for the big league club on July 5, pitching 2.2 innings of relief, allowing 3 ER in a 12-1 shellacking from the Indians. Over his last three starts with the Mud Hens, Farmer has compiled a 2.55 ERA (5 ER in 17.2 IP).
The choice to recall Farmer is the most logical, he’s been probably the most successful of the pitchers Detroit has recalled multiple times throughout the season. Also, Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann are still rehabbing down in the minors. Farmer can also give the team some length if needed, the suspended game is tied at 3-3 in the 9th inning with Detroit having already used three relievers in that game, and they have a struggling starter in Anibal Sanchez pitching in the season finale.
Conversely, the White Sox are opting for an infielder to use as their 26th man, despite exhausting their bullpen in Games 2 and 3 of this series. It is safe to assume they will be riding All-Star southpaw Jose Quintana as long as possible.
Hasn't been officially announced, but INF Carlos Sanchez has a locker in #Whitesox locker room again. So, there's your 26th man for 2nd game
— Brian Hedger (@BrianHedger) July 24, 2016
You can catch both the suspended Game 3 and the series finale beginning at 2:10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Detroit or 97.1 The Ticket.