Galarraga Optioned to Toledo


The Detroit
Tigers optioned pitcher Armando Galarraga to Triple-A Toledo, and Jacob Turner to
Class-A West Michigan today. The move was disappointing for many fans who were
pulling for Galarraga, hoping that he would regain the pitching heights he had seen in 2008
(13-7/3.23 ERA).

In 2009, Galarraga pitched in the World Baseball Classic and came into the regular
baseball season looking good. In his first four starts he was 3-0, with a
1.85 ERA. Afterward, he began to take a turn for the worse.

This spring, Galarraga
had auditioned for a role in the Tigers starting rotation.

“He has every right to be disappointed,”
manager Jim Leyland said. “But at the same time, he has to understand
that he struggled a lot last year. He struggled a little bit this
spring again.” (From
tigers.com)

A pleasant surprise this spring has been the pitching of Dontrelle Willis, who also
has competed for a role in the rotation.

While
pitching today he experienced back spasms and was hit in the knee by a
line drive.

“I started to feel spasms,” Willis
said after trying to snare a liner while facing the second batter. “It
feels all right, but I was just trying to have some fun out there. You
have to be mentally
tough and have confidence in yourself. My ability is there, so just
let it go.” (from
espn.com)

Willis
pitched three scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He struck out
two, and walked only one.
He is continuing to improve, mentally
and on the mound. It is beginning to look like he might make the cut.

ERNIE
HARWELL LIFETIME
AWARD

This week the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association announced that
it would honor legendary Detroit Tiger’s broadcaster Ernie Harwell, making him the first winner of the Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution
Award.

Every
year the association will choose someone from the broadcast industry to
honor with this award.

Harwell,
who was the voice of the Detroit Tigers from 1960 – 2002 will receive
the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports
Broadcasting on May 5, 2010.


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