The Tigers announced after the game that Wednesday's starting pitcher, Adam Wilk, was optioned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens after making just his third start with the team. Right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal was recalled from the Mud Hens.
Wilk had an ERA of 8.18 following the game against the Mariners. He had given up just two runs in both of his first two starts, although he pitched no deeper than the fifth inning in either game. He allowed 21 hits in 11 innings on the major league mound.
Villarreal made three appearances for 1 1/3 innings in Detroit earlier this month. He allowed one hit, struck out one and had an ERA of 0.00. In Toledo, Villarreal made five appearances in relief, four of them scoreless. He struck out 13 and walked six in nine innings.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he had no further information on who would serve as the final starter in the Tigers' rotation the next time around. One hopes that Doug Fister is close. MLB.com's Jason Beck reported Fister played catch on Wednesday and is scheduled to throw off the mound Thursday. Fister left his first start of the season with a rib injury and has been on the disabled list ever since.