Detroit Tigers recall Joey Wentz; southpaw shines in return.
The Detroit Tigers made a roster move late on Friday night, bringing back Joey Wentz from the minors after sending Trey Wingenter down to the minors. Wentz spent some time in Triple-A, having a month away from the team.
But the Detroit Tigers opted to call him up, and he has since returned, and he made his first start since returning on Saturday against the Miami Marlins. Wentz, the Tigers southpaw, pieced together an exceptional outing on the mound on Saturday.
It was a nice welcome back for Wentz, who went 4.2 innings, allowing four hits, walking one, and striking out six opposing hitters. He held the opposition scoreless and exited on a high note from the game when A.J. Hinch went to take the ball from him.
That is certainly much better than what the Tigers southpaw put together in his last start on the mound back at the end of June. Wentz threw 4.2 innings with many different results. He had nine hits allowed, two walks, and just four punchouts. Wentz allowed four runs in that start and ended up getting sent down to the minors.
For the Tigers, it has to be good to see Wentz back on the mound and able to find success as he did. He was able to work right back into it, mixing pitches and doing a good job filling up the zone. It's a hot start for him, and the Tigers have to be hoping that he can build upon it.
Getting that first start in the books is a big deal, especially when returning from the minors. There was some pressure to see Wentz get a good start on the books and just find some success upon his return.
After all, snowballing some starts together is only going to help for the Tigers. If the Tigers do make some moves at the trade deadline and shop some starters, being able to get Wentz working back into the rotation is going to be big for the team.
They are going to need all the help they can get, and for Wentz, that will entail rounding out the rotation and eating up some innings. If he can put together some quality starts for the Tigers moving forward down the line, it will be a "win" for the Tigers as they trudge on in the 2023 season.