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Detroit Tigers bring back Chad Bell, send Arcenio Leon to Triple-A

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May 20, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) pitches in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Chad Bell (64) pitches in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Detroit Tigers fans will see a familiar face return to the bullpen as Chad Bell rejoins the team. The Tigers announced the move in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. Arcenio Leon heads to Toledo.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Chad Bell is back with the team.

The left-handed reliever, who has significant experience as a starter in the minors, was recalled from the minors on Sunday.

Bell previously appeared in five games for the Tigers earlier this season, logging 10 innings pitched.

The southpaw struck out seven while allowing six hits, five walks, three runs and a home run.

He gives manager Brad Ausmus another bullpen option after the unit was taxed on Saturday night.

Daniel Stumpf, Warwick Saupold, Francisco Rodriguez and Arcenio Leon all threw in the 11-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, totaling three innings.

Saupold was tagged for four hits, three runs and a walk in an inning. Meanwhile, Leon allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in his frame of work.

Detroit announced the move to bring back Bell in a tweet on the team’s official Twitter account on Sunday morning.

The Tigers’ official Twitter account tweeted:

"“The #Tigers today have optioned RHP Arcenio Leon to Triple-A Toledo and recalled LHP Chad Bell from Triple-A Toledo.”"

Leon impressed in Spring Training for Detroit after signing with the team as a free agent in the offseason.

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The reliever initially posted a 3.15 ERA and 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 20 frames for Triple-A Toledo. What’s more, the 30-year-old also chipped in with 10 saves.

Initially, he pitched well for the Tigers.

Over Leon’s first four appearances, he surrendered just a hit and a walk while striking out one in 4.1 innings pitched.

Things didn’t go so well in the veteran’s last two outings as he was tagged for nine earned runs, six hits and five walks in 2.1 combined innings against the Angels and Red Sox.

Moving forward, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him back in the Tigers bullpen.

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Leon will be replaced by Bell, who has the ability to log multiple innings per outing.

The 27-year-old flashed a plus fastball at times while coming on in relief for the Tigers earlier this season.

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In six starts for Triple-A Toledo, Bell turned in a 3.38 ERA while striking out 8.9 batters per nine frames in 29.1 innings. He also surrendered just 2.8 walks and 0.6 home runs per nine innings.

Bell’s Triple-A WHIP sits at 1.29.

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