Tigers recall RHP Drew VerHagen to replenish 'pen

The Detroit News

Chicago — The Tigers' depleted bullpen is a little less depleted than it was this morning.

Right-hander Drew VerHagen was recalled from Triple A Toledo before Wednesday night's game against the Cubs, a day after the Tigers used all but one reliever in earning a 10-8 victory. The Tigers optioned first baseman Jefry Marte to Toledo.

Because of a two-hour, 17-minute rain delay, starter Anibal Sanchez only went 2⅓ innings Tuesday. He was followed by Tom Gorzelanny, Buck Farmer, Blaine Hardy, Al Alburquerque, Alex Wilson and Bruce Rondon. The only reliever who didn't pitch was Neftali Feliz.

"We were running out of bullpen," manager Brad Ausmus said, when asked why he stuck so long with Farmer and then Hardy, each of whom were battered late in their appearances. "We were running out of arms."

VerHagen, 24, has a 3.58 ERA in 15 appearances at Triple A Toledo, and hasn't allowed a home run.

Drew VerHagen has a 3.58 ERA in 15 appearances at Triple A Toledo.

In his one relief appearance with the Tigers this year, July 5, he allowed two runs on two hits and four walks in one inning.

In 21 games with the Tigers, Marte, 24, has batted .250 with three homers, four doubles and seven RBIs, but has struggled to see playing time with first baseman Miguel Cabrera back off the disabled list.

The Tigers and Cubs wrap up their series at 8:08, with each team wearing World War II-era throwbacks to commemorate their 1945 World Series showdown.