DETROIT -- So much for internal options. On Thursday after announcing that Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris had been placed on the 15-day disabled list, the Detroit Tigers acquired left-handed starter Randy Wolf from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations.
Wolf is a 38-year-old veteran with 15 years of pitching experience at the major league level. He made his major league debut in 1999 with the Phillies and has not made an MLB start since 2014. Wolf had four starts with Toronto at the time before being sent down to the Triple-A level.
On Saturday, Wolf will turn 39 years old and start for the Tigers in place of Matt Boyd, whose start is being pushed back by a day.
The Tigers mark the eighth team that Wolf has played for. This season, Wolf has a 2.58 ERA and is averaging 6.8 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, and has just four home runs allowed across 23 starts. Wolf's hits are on the high side, averaging nine per nine innings, but Wolf has limited the damage and has a complete game this year.
According to MLB.com's Jason Beck, Wolf does have a connection with Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Back when Ausmus was still playing, he caught three of Wolf's starts from 2008-09.
The move comes shortly after the Tigers lost both Norris and Sanchez to the DL. While it would've been possible to juggle the rotation around and slip someone in for one start, doing that twice would've been difficult without overly taxing the bullpen for the foreseeable future.