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Tigers sign Ryan Perry to a minor league contract

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Ryan Perry

Lakeland, Fla. — Who's next, Jeff Larish? Andy Oliver?

The Tigers continue to hand out second chances to former draft picks. Last week they signed outfielder Casper Wells to a minor league contract. On Friday, they did the same with right-handed pitcher Ryan Perry.

Perry, 28, was the Tigers' first-round pick in 2008 and made the Opening Day roster in 2009. He spent parts of three seasons in Detroit but was never able to establish himself. He was 5-6, with a 4.07 ERA.

He threw hard, but never with much command. In 161.1 innings as a Tiger, he walked 82 and struck out 129.

He was traded to the Nationals in 2011 for another scuffling first-round pick, Collin Balestar, whose tenure in Detroit lasted 11 games in 2012. Balestar gave up 14 runs and 11 walks in 14 innings.

Perry didn't fare any better in Washington, giving up nine runs and 12 hits in eight innings over seven games.

He spent 2013 shuttling between Double-A and Triple-A (6.72 ERA) and pitched just six games at Triple-A last year before suffering a hip injury.

The hip has been surgically repaired. The Tigers apparently saw enough of him to give him another look.

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