Detroit – The mystery surrounding who starts in the second game of the doubleheader in Chicago Saturday has been solved.
Manager Brad Ausmus announced after the game Thursday that Kyle Ryan will be recalled from Toledo. He and Max Scherzer will work the doubleheader. Ausmus said he would match Scherzer against Chris Sale in the first game, with Ryan going in the second game.
Asked what he knew about Ryan, Ausmus deadpanned, “I know he’s left-handed.”
Ryan, 22, spent most of the year in Double-A Erie, but in five starts at Toledo, he is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA.
“I do know he’s been throwing the ball well,” Ausmus said. “Larry Parrish (Toledo manager) said he’s been throwing the ball as well or better than anyone down there. So that’s who it’s going to be.”
Kyle Lobstein, who made his first major league start on Thursday, was optioned back to Toledo after the game. He won’t be down there long, though. He could be brought back to start Tuesday at Cleveland.
Ausmus didn’t confirm that, but when asked if Lobstein did anything to discourage a second start, he said, “No.”
The Tigers also brought right-handed reliever Evan Reed up from Toledo. In his last eight appearances for the Mud Hens, Reed has a 1.50 ERA with a 15-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 12 innings.