Tigers place Liriano (hamstring), Stumpf (elbow) on DL

By Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — Like adding salt in the wounds. 

After the 9-2 pounding Tuesday against the Angels, the Tigers' pitching staff took two more hits.

Tigers starting pitcher Francisco Liriano is heading to the disabled list with a hamstring strain.

Left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and Daniel Stumpf, the only left-handed reliever in the Tigers' bullpen, were placed on the disabled list.

Liriano has a strained right hamstring and Stumpf has irritation in his left ulnar nerve.

To replace them, left-handed starter Ryan Carpenter and right-handed reliever Johnny Barbato have been called-up from Triple-A Toledo.

"This happens in the game," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "There's just a lot of it going on right now. We were starting to get a few guys back and then this happens. But every team has it. Just go play."

Liriano said he felt his hamstring tighten before his last start, an 8-4 loss to the White Sox where he gave up five runs in five innings.

"I tried to fight through it, but it wasn't getting better," he said. "We'll just go day by day. It's nothing to worry about. It's going to be fine in a couple of days."

Stumpf's is more concerning. The Tigers knew something was wrong Monday when he walked the only batter he faced on four extremely wild pitches.

"He wasn't even close and his mechanics changed," Gardenhire said. "He was more stiff-arming it. Andy (bullpen coach Rick Anderson) called him in to his office right away and said, 'What's going on with you?'

"That's when he told him. He said he was getting a few zingers in his fingers."

An MRI was taken and it was reviewed by a specialist. For now, the Tigers say it's just irritation and they will wait for the swelling to go down.

Carpenter, who already has made two spot starts for the Tigers this season, likely will take Liriano's next turn in the rotation. He's 1-5, with a 5.72 ERA at Toledo. He's 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in 8 2/3 innings in Detroit.

Barbato, who was up briefly earlier this season, has been pitching well for the Mud Hens. He's got four saves, and a 1.72 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.

In three appearances with the Tigers, Barbato has allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings.