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Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:57:48 -0700
Detroit Tigers SP Drew Smyly is being moved from long-relief specialist to a late-innings role in the bullpen, as manager Jim Leyland pairs Smyly with RP Phil Coke.
Sun, 12 May 2013 09:57:25 -0700
The Detroit Tigers have activated RP Phil Coke (groin) from the 15-day disabled list. In a corresponding move, RP Luke Putkonen has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Sun, 05 May 2013 21:17:01 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke (groin) threw a bullpen session Saturday, May 4, and a brief bullpen session Sunday, May 5. Barring any setbacks, he will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Monday, May 6. Coke is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list Saturday, May 11.
Wed, 01 May 2013 06:46:06 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke (groin) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. RP Jose A. Ortega was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:08:21 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke (groin) is considered day-to-day because of a strained left groin.
Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:02:28 -0700
Detroit Tigers Ps Drew Smyly and Darin Downs are unavailable for the game against the Oakland Athletics Saturday, April 13, after making lengthy appearances Friday, April 12. However, RP Phil Coke (illness) said he would be available to pitch Saturday, despite spending the previous night at the team hotel due to illness.
Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:34:07 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke blew the save Wednesday, April 3, against the Minnesota Twins. He recorded just one out while allowing a run and two hits.
Fantasy Tip: Coke opened the season with a save on Opening Day, but this is part of the reason why manager Jim Leyland is using a closer-by-committee. RPs Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel are also in the mix for save chances.
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 17:31:41 -0700
Detroit Tigers RP Phil Coke got the opening day save against the Minnesota Twins, retiring the only two left-handed batters he saw in the ninth inning. RP Joaquin Benoit retired one right-handed batter to lead off the ninth for the Tigers.
Fantasy Tip: The Tigers are expected to use a closer-by-committee system to open up the year, with Coke being the top option, along with Benoit and Octavio Dotel. It is expected that Jim Leyland will use all three for favorable matchups.
Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:59:51 -0700
Detroit Tigers RPs Phil Coke, Joaquin Benoit and Octavio Dotel figure to see the bulk of save chances with manager Jim Leyland using a closer-by-committee setup to begin the season. RP Bruce Rondon will serve as the closer at Triple-A Toledo in order to try and find consistency. Rondon made a mechanical tweak this spring that seemed to help out, but the team wants him to work on it some more in the minors. General manager Dave Dombrowski didn't rule out the team bringing Rondon up quickly, but they aren't putting a time frame on it.
Fantasy Tip: Coke may be the best option after Leyland relied on him late in last year's postseason when Jose Valverde struggled. However, they may only decide to use him in the ninth when they face mainly lefty hitters. All three are worth owning in AL leagues, and Rondon should probably be stashed in deep enough leagues.
Sun, 27 Jan 2013 21:53:47 -0800
If Detroit Tigers RP Bruce Rondon struggles with the closer's role, the team feels there are several internal candidates to fill the role. "(RP Phil Coke) can save you a game, maybe even two games," manager Jim Leyland said. "Whether he could hold up physically and mentally trying to save games every day, I'm not sure."