The Detroit Tigers have recalled right-handed reliever Joe Jimenez from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. The team had an open spot on its 25-man roster after placing shortstop Jose Iglesias on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Jimenez made his major league debut with the Tigers back on April 13, pitching 1 scoreless inning before he was optioned back to the minors.
Ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the Detroit system according to MLB.com, Jimenez has yet allow a run in 2017. In his 5 innings with the Toledo Mud Huns, he has walked 2 batters and allowed 3 hits. He has also struck out 10 without allowing a batter to cross the plate.
At 22 years old, Jimenez has already been in the Tigers minor league ranks for five seasons. He was signed by Detroit as an amateur free agent in June 2013 out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy.
Over the 146.1 innings he has pitched as a professional — all coming out of relief — Jimenez owns a 14-6 record with a 1.51 ERA, averaging 13.2 K/9 innings pitched.
He joins a Tigers bullpen that has managed to total 7 saves, which leads the American League. Detroit owns a 5.30 team ERA entering play on Friday, which ranks as the worst in the AL.
As for Iglesias, he will miss at least the next week due to a concussion, although he does not have a timetable for his return. To start the year, he has batted .267 with a team-high 5 doubles while making 13 starts at shortstop. In his absence, infielders Andrew Romine and Dixon Machado will fill in.