Detroit Tigers Lineup: Alex Wilson Named Last-minute Starting Pitcher


Alex Wilson, and not Kyle Ryan, will be the Detroit Tigers’ emergency starting pitcher on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland.

News spread earlier today that starting pitcher Alfredo Simon had been placed on the bereavement list and that left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan was being called up from the minor leagues to take his spot on the roster.

The Detroit Tigers had hoped Ryan could fly cross-country and arrive in time to start the afternoon game in Oakland — he was listed as the probable starter on the team’s official website — but when the lineup was released it was Alex Wilson who was penciled in to start the game.

There’s no other word on Ryan’s arrival or whether he’ll be available to pitch at all today (though one should probably expect he will). In the end it might just be a case of the late arrival not allowing him enough time to warm up and prepare to make the start.

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Wilson has made relief apperances of 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 innings as a member of the Tigers, so he can probably throw at least four innings if the team needs him to, but much beyond that might be a stretch.

Wilson has put up impressive numbers in relief with a 21.4% strikeout rate and minuscule 2.9% walk rate. His 2.29 ERA is entirely backed up by a 2.58 FIP.

Other lineup notes include Jose Iglesias sitting out his fourth game in a row, Bryan Holaday getting the start at catcher in a day game after a night game, and Anthony Gose starting in center field against a tough left-handed pitcher.

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