Tigers demote Shane Greene to Triple-A

The Detroit Tigers have had their struggles over the past few weeks.  One of their biggest struggles has been right-handed youngster Shane Greene whom they acquired in a three-team deal this offseason with the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.  His struggles have been more pronounced than anyone else’s on the team and the Tigers have decided to option Greene to Triple-A Toledo, per reports.

The righty entered the season with expectations from the Tigers that he would be able to hold down a spot in their rotation and provide some quality innings.  He had a great year with the Yankees last year as he pitched to a 3.78 ERA across 78.2 innings of work as well as carrying an impressive 9.3 SO/9 ratio.  It looked like the Tigers were getting a very promising young pitcher to add to their rotation.  Things appeared very bright when he only allowed two earned runs through his first 23 innings of work.

However, things quickly took a turn for the worse as his next several starts saw him take a nosedive.  Now through 13 starts into the season, he now holds a bloated 5.82 ERA across only 68 innings of work and has given up nine home runs already this season, which is already higher than the number of home runs he gave up all of last year.  The Tigers are unsure why he has struggled so mightily, but are hoping a brief stint at Triple-A will help straighten his stuff out and allow him to return to the promising form he showed last season during his time with the Yankees.

 

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