With his rehab assignment almost reaching the maximum 30 days, the Detroit Tigers today reinstated left-hander Brad Thomas from the disabled list and outrighted him to Triple-A Toledo. Thomas has 72 hours to accept the assignment or elect to become a free agent.
The move isn’t shocking to anyone who has been following Thomas on his rehab stint. Thomas has met all the standard milestones usually associated with such assignments, showing velocity, stamina, and the ability to pitch in consecutive games. In fact, apart from a minor hiccup a week and a half ago, Thomas showed all of those things very quickly after beginning his assignment.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has been rumored to have been seeking a taker for Thomas in a trade, but obviously nothing materialized. Thomas spent all of last season working as a long reliever for the club and opened this campaign in the bullpen as well. Before landing on the DL, Thomas was terribly ineffective and he has since been passed by a few left handed arms on the depth chart.
Outrighting the Aussie creates an opening on the Tigers’ 40-man roster, which will presumably be filled via the activation of infielder Carlos Guillen from the 60-day DL. That could happen as early as tomorrow. Guillen is slated to play in what could be his final rehab game with Toledo this evening.