Detroit — Right-handed pitcher Drew VerHagen, designated for assignment by the Tigers on Monday, has cleared waivers and his contract was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.
VerHagen, 27, gave up seven runs, six hits and seven walks in his 10 innings of work this season. His fate was sealed last Sunday when he bounced his first pitch, then nearly hit and eventually walked the two batters he faced in the seventh inning.
He faced seven hitters in high-leverage situations this season, including the two runs he gave up on Opening Day, and those hitters went 2-for-3 with three walks and a sacrifice fly. He faced 30 hitters in low-leverage situations and those hitters went 3-for-25 with eight strikeouts.
It’s been the pattern for him in his 73 big-league games. Here are opponents’ slash-lines vs. VerHagen:
Low-leverage situations: .279/.361/.457
It’s a puzzle because he’s 6-6, throws the ball on a downward tilt and has a 95-mph fastball with an above-average slider and curveball.
The plan is to give VerHagen some extended time in Toledo to get himself back on track.
The Tigers still have an open spot on their 40-man roster.