The Detroit Tigers have optioned left-handed pitcher Blaine Hardy to Triple-A Toledo following Monday night’s victory over the Kansas City Royals. The team did not announce a corresponding move at the time, but will have an open roster spot ahead of Tuesday’s contest.
Hardy earned the final out of Detroit’s 10-2 victory on Monday, getting Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer to ground out to end the contest. After tossing just three pitches, he’s heading back down to Toledo.
He has now made 23 appearances out of relief for the Tigers this season and owns a 6.05 ERA to go with his 1-0 record. Coming into this year, he had allowed five career home runs over 126 combined innings of work, but 2017 has been a completely different story, with the opposition launching four home runs across 19.1 innings this year.
Down at Toledo, the 30-year-old Hardy has made 15 appearances (including two starts) and gone 6-2 with a 2.57 ERA. Over his 21 innings of work, he is yet to allow a home run ball and has racked up 20 strikeouts, while walking just three batters, an issue he has had up with Detroit.
Originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 22nd round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, Hardy would debut with the Tigers franchise back in 2014.
Over the past three seasons, Hardy has been an on-again, off-again member of the Detroit relief corps. Entering play on Monday, he owned a career 3.41 ERA in 151 career appearances, all of which have come in relief.