Tigers shut down top prospect Franklin Perez with shoulder inflammation

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — It’s been a tough year for the Tigers’ No. 1 prospect.

Right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez has been put on the disabled list with capsular inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He will not pitch again this year.

David Littlefield, the Tigers director of player development, said in a text message that Perez is being shut down for the rest of the year as a “precautionary measure to work on stability and strength.”

Perez, the centerpiece of the Tigers’ get-back from Houston in the Justin Verlander trade, missed most of the first two and a half months of the season with a lat injury. He returned on June 25 and has made seven starts — three in the Gulf Coast League and four at High-A Lakeland.

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He struggled at Lakeland, giving up 10 runs and 15 hits in 11⅓ innings.

The capsular ligament, simply put, helps hold together the ball-and-socket joint in the shoulder.

Saupold clears waivers

Tigers right-hander Warwick Saupold has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers announced the move Monday.

Saupold was designated for assignment Saturday. 

He is 4-1 with a 4.46 ERA this season. Saupold has made 82 relief appearances for Detroit over the past three seasons, going 8-4 with a 4.98 ERA.