Phil Coke RP DET 8 Months

Tigers signed LHP Phil Coke to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

The 31-year-old lefty had been considered a non-tender candidate, but the two sides were able to iron out a contract before heading to arbitration. He posted a horrifying 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings in 2013, and will work primarily as a situational left-hander.

Phil Coke RP DET 9 Months

Chris Iott of MLive.com speculates that the the Tigers may not be willing to offer arbitration to Phil Coke.

The 31-year-old southpaw is coming off an extremely disappointing season, in which he posted an 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. He was left off the team's playoff roster for the ALDS, but returned to pitch in the ALCS, allowing one run in one inning of work. Coke earned a base salary of $1.85 million in 2013, and the Tigers may not want to pay over $2 million for a situational left-hander coming off a career worst season.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke will be on the Tigers' roster for the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September, but didn't have any issues while throwing in the instructional league. He'll replace Luke Putkonen on the roster.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke (elbow) has resumed throwing in the instructional league.

Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September but has felt a bit better of late. It's not clear when he'll potentially be ready for game action, but it's possible he could be an option to be added to the Tigers' bullpen later this postseason should they keep advancing.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke (elbow) will not be on the Tigers' ALDS roster.

Coke is dealing with flexor issues in his left elbow and has yet to resume throwing since it flared up on him during a bullpen session last Wednesday. This injury, combined with his struggles this season, makes it unlikely that he'll pitch at all for the Tigers this postseason.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke will undergo an MRI on his left elbow Wednesday.

It was determined that he needed an MRI after Tigers doctors looked at him Tuesday. "It just doesn't feel right," Coke said. Even if the MRI should come back clean, Coke has surely pitched in his last game this season.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke was sent back to Detroit on Tuesday to have his left elbow examined by team doctors.

Coke felt soreness in his elbow Tuesday morning after throwing a light bullpen session on Monday evening. The left-hander hasn't appeared in a game since last Wednesday.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday.

Coke said he felt "a little tight" but overall was encouraged with how the session went. He should be available out of the bullpen before the end of the regular season.

Phil Coke RP DET 10 Months

Phil Coke (elbow) is expected to be ready next week.

Coke has been shut down for the past couple of days due to tenderness in his left elbow. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that it's not a major concern.

Phil Coke RP DET 11 Months

Phil Coke will be shut down for the next couple of days due to left elbow tenderness.

Coke told Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he had trouble finishing his pitches on Wednesday night. Detroit will want the left-handed reliever rested for the playoffs.