Al Alburquerque RP DET 6 Months

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 Jun 21 '13

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 May 16 '13

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 Apr 25 '13

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.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Mar 15 '13

Al Alburquerque pitched another perfect inning Friday to lower his spring ERA to 1.13.

Alburquerque has a 12/4 K/BB ratio while allowing one run and four hits in eight innings. He's yet to really prove to be reliable, but Alburquerque is pretty obviously the Tigers' best reliever, having posted a 1.59 ERA in 56 2/3 innings since debuting in 2011. He's a sleeper candidate for saves.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Mar 04 '13

Al Alburquerque fanned all three Astros he faced in relief Monday.

Alburquerque still needs to prove that he's reliable after missing much of last season with a stress fracture in his elbow, but he projects as the Tigers' most effective reliever. Whether that will lead to saves is anyone's guess, but he's something of a sleeper.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Sep 02 '12

Tigers recalled RHP Al Alburquerque from Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque has missed all of this season following surgery to have a screw inserted into his pitching elbow to repair a non-displaced stress fracture. The right-hander posted a 1.87 ERA while striking out 67 over 43 1/3 innings last year and could eventually become a big part of the Tigers' bullpen again.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Aug 31 '12

The Tigers will activate Al Alburquerque (elbow) from the disabled list Sunday.

Alburquerque has got his fastball up to 95-96 mph recently and is ready to help out the Tigers in the bullpen. He posted a 1.87 ERA while striking out 67 over 43 1/3 innings last season but has missed all of this year following surgery to have a screw inserted into his pitching elbow to repair a non-displaced stress fracture.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Aug 30 '12

Al Alburquerque (elbow) declared himself ready to return to the Tigers.

Alburquerque struck out the side in order in his latest appearance Wednesday with Triple-A Toledo and reportedly got his fastball up to 95-96 mph consistently. He has now made back-to-back appearances, and is expected to be promoted when rosters expand.

Al Alburquerque RP DET Aug 23 '12

Tigers activated RHP Al Alburquerque from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Alburquerque has been making rehab appearances with the Toledo Mud Hens for a week. He'll continue to get in work against a lesser level of competition until the Tigers deem him ready to return to the big-league bullpen.