Tigers send Nesbitt to Toledo ahead of Verlander start

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Angel Nesbitt was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

Detroit -- With Justin Verlander making his season debut Saturday the Tigers needed to make another personnel move.

They announced after Friday's victory relief pitcher Angel Nesbitt was being sent to Triple A Toledo.

Nesbitt was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over 24 games and 21 2/3 innings, allowing 22 hits.

"What can I say?" Nesbitt said as he stuffed personal items into a duffel bag. "It's baseball.

"They have to make a (roster) move."

Asked if he would work on one thing in particular, Nesbitt just shook his head in the manner of a guy who knows he has good pitches and got squeezed by a numbers' game that included his of-late rising ERA.

Said manager Brad Ausmus: "We think the world of Nesbitt, we have since spring training. He was a long shot to make the team out of spring training, but he pitched so well. We like his makeup and his work ethic.

"I don't think it'll hurt him to go down there for a bit, but I wouldn't be shocked if he was back here soon. He's too quality of a pitcher and person not to be back here."

Around the horn

Rajai Davis believed it was going to take a perfect play to get him on his first-inning gamble, trying to score from second base on a squibbling grounder down the first base line.

"He (pitcher Danny Salazar) didn't even take a look at me," Davis said. "Good throw to first, good throw home. If the throw is up or over at all – safe."



Lynn Henning contributed