Detroit — With their bullpen stressed by too many early shifts, the Tigers are expected Sunday to summon left-handed rookie Matt Boyd to Detroit ahead of an afternoon game against the Indians at Comerica Park.
Boyd, 25, and a rookie the Tigers got from Toronto in last July’s David Price trade, has started three games for the Mud Hens, spanning 16 innings. He has a 2.25 ERA after allowing 16 hits, striking out 16, and walking five.
A spot on Detroit’s 25-man roster would need to be cleared, which could spur the Tigers to send outfielder Tyler Collins to Triple A. It was expected that Collins would return to the Mud Hens when Cameron Maybin, who is rehabbing from a wrist fracture, is freed from the disabled list, where he has been stationed since March.
Such a move would allow the Tigers to temporarily carry 13 pitchers ahead of Maybin’s activation, which is anticipated at some point next week.
The Tigers need long relievers, particularly, after Kyle Ryan threw 49 pitches Saturday following a dismal start by Anibal Sanchez, who was gone after 2⅓ innings in a 10-1 rout by the Indians at Comerica Park.
The Tigers have been burning up their bullpen of late because of starters’ inability to pitch deep into games. Saturday’s early exit by Sanchez compounded problems already in the works.