Valverde throws bullpen show
APR 10, 2013 3:40p ET
Valverde is scheduled to throw one inning Friday in an extended spring training game and then one or two innings Monday in a scrimmage.
He signed a minor-league contract last week with the Detroit Tigers and is expected to pitch for Triple-A Toledo if he's deemed ready for competition.
Valverde was Detroit’s closer last season and saved 35 games with a 3.78 ERA. But after losing the closer role in the postseason, the Tigers let him leave as a free agent.
Valverde, whose split-finger fastball and velocity went south in the playoffs, couldn't secure a major-league contract during the offseason.