Al Alburquerque RP DET 1 month ago

Alburquerque has allowed just one run and posted a 13:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his last 11 appearances.

He started slowly this season, but has pitched well of late. He does have an option remaining, so he could still be demoted if the Tigers need to make a roster move. But that appears unlikely at this point given his improved play.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 months ago

Alburquerque (illness) recorded two outs in the eighth inning of Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

Alburquerque was unavailable for a couple days due to an illness, but he is presumably healthy now. He has allowed eight hits and served up seven walks in his seven innings out of the Tigers' bullpen this season, so he will likely be limited to middle relief duty while he figures things out.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 months ago

Alburquerque will see a doctor Sunday for a sinus infection, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

This is almost definitely just a blip in the radar for the right-hander, who has struggled mightily in his last couple of appearances.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 months ago

Alburquerque took a beating Wednesday night, allowing three earned runs on two hits including a home run in one inning of work. He faced six batters, walking one and striking out another.

Sometimes you're the Louisville Slugger; sometimes you're the ball. He needs to shake this off and prepare for more late-inning work now that Joe Nathan felt something in his arm "pop" in a rehab outing Wednesday.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 3 months ago

Alburquerque figures to be in the mix for the Tigers' set-up job now that Joe Nathan has hit the disabled list and Joakim Soria has been promoted to closer.

He, Ian Krol and Joba Chamberlain all figure to see time in the eighth inning and manager Brad Ausmus may roll all three through the position to see who ends up claiming the role. Albuquerque had the first shot at setting up Soria on Wednesday against the Twins, although it was a low-leverage situation with the Tigers up 11-0.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 5 months ago

Alburquerque agreed to a one-year, $1.725 million contract with the Tigers on Saturday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Alburquerque cut his walk rate nearly in half last season (from 6.2 BB/9 to 3.3 BB/9), though the reduced walk rate came at the expense of his strikeout rate (9.9 K/9). While the right-hander finished with a 2.51 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 57.1 innings, his career-worst 3.78 FIP suggests he overachieved in his fourth major league season. Regardless, Alburquerque will receive a nice raise in his first year of arbitration, and should open the year as one of the Tigers' top right-handed setup men.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 1 year ago

Tigers avoided arbitration with RHP Al Alburquerque by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financials of the deal are not yet known. Alburquerque was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter after qualifying for Super Two status. He put up a 4.59 ERA but struck out a whopping 70 batters over 49 innings last season.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 years ago

Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque continued to struggle with walks since his demotion to Triple-A, but he also continued to strike batters out at an eye-popping rate. In the majors and minors combined, the righty holds a 53/26 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings this season. Manager Jim Leyland doesn't totally trust him given his control issues, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he winds up giving his big arm some high-leverage innings.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 years ago

Tigers optioned RHP Al Alburquerque to Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque was sporting a 3.14 ERA in 14 1/3 total innings for Detroit but had allowed a run in each of his last three appearances. The Tigers want him to work on his command against a lower level of competition.

Al Alburquerque RP DET 2 years ago

Al Alburquerque experienced a pinching sensation in his right groin Wednesday but expects to be fine.

"I think I need to stretch more before I pitch in the game," he told reporters. "It's nothing serious. I don't feel like it's anything serious." Alburquerque has a 1.69 ERA and 18/6 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings this year.