Tigers lose P Alburquerque to DL

The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Al Alburquerque on the

15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right forearm,

leaving the team without the reliever who has confounded American

League hitters for most of the season with his sharp slider.

Alburquerque is 5-1 with a 2.79 ERA. He 47 strikeouts in 29

innings, holding opponents to a .157 slugging percentage.

Manager Jim Leyland recently called the rookie a ”godsend” and

said if it weren’t for him, Detroit would be six or seven games

worse off.

Leyland said Friday he expects Alburquerque to return quickly

after the All-Star break.

”I think Alburquerque will be right back,” Leyland said. ”We

went on the cautious side.”

The Tigers recalled right-hander Lester Oliveros from Triple-A


The DL move is retroactive to Thursday.

Alburquerque has looked shakier recently. He gave up two hits

against Arizona on Sunday and allowed three runs in 1 1-3 innings

Wednesday night against the New York Mets. He threw a season-high

42 pitches against the Mets.