Detroit Tigers reliever Ryan Perry was placed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a corneal abrasion in his left eye. Perry was recently assigned to AAA-Toledo and is eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday, April 20th.
In his first appearance on Friday, Perry labored a bit allowing three hits over 1 1/3 innings. He allowed 2 runs (one earned) and struck out 1. I don’t read much into Fridays disappointing line as it was Perry’s first action in a game in over a week. Perry got the ball again on Monday evening and turned in an inning of scoreless ball. He recorded one strikeout and did not allow a base-runner.
I would assume that Perry would immediately return to the Tigers bullpen once eligible. I highly doubt that Al Alburquerque gets demoted once Perry returns. Perhaps the likely candidate to get the boot is Enrique Gonzalez who has been getting shelled on the regular. Both Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde have done a solid job in the late innings so far this season. However, the return of a healthy (hopefully effective) Perry makes the bullpen significantly better.