Tigers nominate Derek Law for assignment

Tigers appoint reliever Derek Law for the assignment, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press was among those to relay (Twitter link). Moving clears an active roster slot for Bryan Garcia, who will be selected on the major league roster to start tomorrow’s game against the Rays. Detroit’s 40-man count will remain at 39.

Law was just selected to Detroit’s roster over the weekend. He played in two games, giving up five runs (one earned) while striking out two and walking one in two frames. The right-hander is out of minor league option years, meaning he had to keep an active roster spot or be removed from the 40-man roster. He quickly found himself bumped from the roster once the Tigers needed a pitcher who could work multiple innings, and he will now land on the waiver wire over the next few days.

Law, 31, has now played in the big leagues in six seasons. He’s suited for four teams — the Giants, Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers — and threw a 4.22 ERA in 183 1/3 innings. Much of that success came back in 2016 as a rookie at San Francisco, as Law has a 5.12 ERA dating back to the start of the 2017 campaign. He has pitched pretty well at Triple-A Toledo this year, however, working to a 3.23 mark with an above-average strikeout rate of 27.2% and a quality walking percentage of 6.2% for the Mud Hens.

García was briefly in place last week, starting against the Blue Jays as a designated COVID-19 substitute. It was his first MLB start in 73 appearances and his first big league outing in any capacity in 2022. The 27-year-old allowed a pair of runs on three hits and two walks while by hitting three in 3 2/3 innings. He was sent back to the minor leagues after the game – as a virus substitute he didn’t have to go through waivers – but he was quickly recalled.

This time, García’s contract selection is typical. He is expected to face waivers if the Tigers want to remove him from the 40-man roster, although his two remaining option years in the minor league mean they can send him back to Toledo without singling him out for assignment (which wasn’t). the case). case for the law). García has an impressive 2.90 ERA in 40 1/3 innings in 31 appearances with Toledo this season, despite hitting just 17.6 percent of batters faced while issuing walks at a high clip of 12.5%.

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