Probably the most surprising omission from the Detroit Tigers' September call-up list was left-handed reliever Darin Downs. The Tigers corrected that omission today, calling up Downs from Triple-A Toledo.
Downs spent the first half of 2013 with the Tigers before being placed on the 15-day DL with shoulder tendinitis in early July. After rehabbing with the Single-A Whitecaps, Downs was assigned to Toledo in early August, where he spent the remainder of the International League season.
Downs pitched very well for the Tigers over the first two months of 2013, though his performance tailed off badly once the calendar crossed into June. In 26 games with the Tigers this season, Downs was 0-2 with a 5.18 ERA. But over the first two months he posted a 2.82 ERA in his first 17 appearances.
Then his season quickly went south. In his final nine appearances before being placed on the disabled list, Downs was raked to the tune of a 10.13 ERA in 10 2/3 innings.
Once Downs recovered from his shoulder issues, he was effective out of the bullpen with the Mud Hens. He was 0-2 with a 2.30 ERA, striking out 12 while walking six in 12 appearances covering 15 2/3 innings.