The Detroit Tigers announced on Saturday that veteran right-hander Iván Nova was placed on the 10-day injured list due to right triceps tendinitis with right-hander Anthony Castro called up to take his place, according to the press release on Twitter.
The Tigers today have placed RHP Iván Nova on the 10-day injured list with right triceps tendinitis. In a corresponding move, RHP Anthony Castro has been recalled from the club's alternate training site.— Tigers PR (@DetroitTigersPR) August 15, 2020
Nova, now in his 11th year of play in the majors, has struggled so far in 2020, posting an ERA of 8.35, an FIP of 6.34 and a WHIP of 1.63 along with nine walks and four home runs surrendered in 19 innings, striking out nine. His strikeout percentage is at a five-year low 10.2 percent, but his ground ball and line drive rates are at career bests of 56.7 and 13.4 percent, respectively. Still, the long-time former Yankees pitcher struggled in all four starts this season, with his last start on Friday ending in a fourth-inning meltdown en route to his worst outing of the year; there was no immediate indication of injury when he departed.
Castro gets the call after a less-than-stellar major league debut appearance back on July 27 against the Kansas City Royals. He allowed a walk and a hit — which happened to be a two-run homer — and struck out a batter in an inning of work. He was later demoted to the Tigers’ alternate training site on August 4 without throwing another pitch in Detroit.
At Double-A Erie in 2019, the 25-year-old from Caracas, Venezuela, posted a 4.40 ERA and 1.37 WHIP while striking out 116 and walking 65 in 102 1⁄3 innings pitched, allowing just nine home runs. He maintained his performance level in the Arizona Fall League that year with a 4.58 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, with 20 strikeouts in 19 2⁄3 innings.
The big question is now who fills in the final spot in the rotation. While the fanbase clamors for the top prospects to make their way to Detroit — mostly, Case Mize — the Tigers appear to be persistent in their reluctance to call up the big kids just yet.
So Tigers' rotation now looks like:— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) August 15, 2020
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