It hasn't been a matter of if, it's been a matter of when Joey Wentz would be optioned by the Detroit Tigers. Today, we finally got that answer.
Wentz was optioned today after another rocky outing last night in Texas. In 15 starts this season, he has an ERA of 6.78 while allowing nearly 11 hits per nine innings and two homers per nine.
LHP Zach Logue was called up from Toledo to replace him. To make room on the 40-man roster, LHP Anthony Misiewicz was designated for assignment.
The only reason it took this long for Wentz to be sent down is the Tigers really had no other options. All the other options were either hurt or struggling in Triple-A. Now with Matt Manning back, and Tarik Skubal and Eduardo Rodriguez on their way back as well, they can afford to send Wentz down.
If you're hoping Logue will be an upgrade, well, he likely won't be. In fact, he might be worse. He has a 5.92 ERA and has a 5.2 BB/9 in 13 starts for Toledo this year. He has a career 6.79 ERA in the big leagues. He made 10 starts for Oakland last year.
If I had to guess, Logue won't be up here very long. Tarik Skubal will likely make his 2023 debut next week, so he'll probably be DFA'd then. He's very likely just a fresh arm, which this team desparately needs right now.
The Tigers pitching staff is in shambles. The bullpen is taxed. The All-Star break is still a week and a half away, so they'll need to find a way to get through these next 10 days or so.