Phil Coke is headed to Triple-A Toledo and will return to the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 1 when rosters are expanded. That's the plan for Coke according to Tigers manager Jim Leyland who made the announcement Tuesday night following his team's 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers will recall left-hander Jose Alvarez to replace Coke on the active roster. "I'm not happy" Coke said "and I don't know who would be." Leyland stressed that the Tigers aren't down on Coke who said he understood why the team made the move. They simply want him to be work on locating his pitches better. "We made a move" Leyland said. "I want to make sure everybody understands that we're not down on Phil Coke. He's coming back up Sept. 1. But this was an opportunity for him to go down there and just he's got to do a little better job of staying out of the middle of the plate." Coke has struggled throughout the season but he remained effective against left-handers for the most part. But even his effectiveness against lefties eventually faltered. He is 0-5 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 43 games for the Tigers this season.
Tigers send Phil Coke to Triple-A Toledo to work on command
Michigan Live | Aug 21