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Tigers call up Charlie Furbush, Brad Thomas to DL

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LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 04: Charlie Furbush #49 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 4, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 04: Charlie Furbush #49 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the fifth inning during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 4, 2011 in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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As reported by Bless You Boys earlier this week, the Tigers were on the verge of making changes to the pitching staff, including the calling up of Charlie Furbush. With the recent late inning bullpen implosions, the dominoes are beginning to fall.

Furbush is a Tiger.

Via the official Toledo Mud Hens Twitter:

LHP Charlie Furbush has been recalled by the Detroit Tigers. Congratulations Charlie!

With the Mud Hens, Furbush was 4-3 in eight starts with a 2.91 ERA, while averaging more than one strike out an inning (55 K, 46.1 IP). Odds are Furbush will join the Tigers bullpen, which is in desperate need of quality arms. Though a move of Phil Coke back to bullpen duty, with Furbush joining the rotation, is still a possibility.

Who will be removed from the 25 man roster? It was reported last night Brad Thomas was having elbow issues while warming up during last night's loss to the Pirates. Could a visit to the DL could be in his future?

Apparently so.

Via the Official Tigers Twitter:

Brad Thomas placed on DL retro to 5/11 w/ left elbow inflammation. Charlie Furbush has been recalled from Triple A Toledo. #tigers

The sound you just heard? That was a sigh of relief from the BYB community.

After the jump, a detailed break down of Furbush from Bless You Boys editor MattinToledo.

Via Matt's 5/15 post Looking at Tigers' Options for SP in the Minors:

In 2010, Furbush was second in all the minor leagues with 183 strikeouts. That would seem to do wonders for his standing as a prospect. The excitement was tempered, though, when he closed the season with a nine start run in Toledo that saw him get pounded to the tune of 59 hits (9 HR) in just 48.2 innings. It left us wondering if his average velocity and deceptive delivery would hold up at the highest levels.

People are still wondering what type of big league pitcher he'll be, but he's done wonders to answer doubts about whether he can succeed in Triple A. Homers are still a bit of an issue and he's not always going to have a .204 BABIP, but he's handling himself very well so far in Toledo. What may be even more exciting than his early returns is the fact that he's changing his scouting report as well. Baseball America said that last year's report of a "89-91 mph fastball" can more accurately be described as "sitting at 91 or 92 mph, touching 94 mph". That's a return to his pre-Tommy John numbers and helps to make the difference from last year seem more "real".

If the Tigers needed two long-term subs in their rotation, I have little doubt Furbush would be their go-to guy behind Oliver. It seems plausible that a scenario could arise where Furbush could benefit from the Tigers' "who's throwing best right now" philosophy when they need somebody for a start or two. They may want to see him put a little distance between himself and the May 2nd start that saw him give up three homers while not getting out of the second inning.

We'll continue to update this story as news warrants.