They have removed right handed pitcher Luke Putkonen and replaced him with veteran relief pitcher Phil Coke.
Coke battled with soreness in his flexor tendon in the middle of September but has started to throw once again, which is a good sign. This series match up against the Boston Red Sox is going to be a tough series for this Detroit Tigers pitching staff and bullpen.
Boston has been lighting teams up all season and hit eight home runs against this team back in September. The first game happens to be at Fenway, so this pitching staff needs to make sure they can keep the ball in play and out of the stands.
Coke posted a 5.40 ERA and struck out 30 batters and 1 save in 49 appearances for the Detroit Tigers this season. His numbers fell from his previous season where he made 66 appearances and pitched 54 innings with a 4.00 ERA.
Phil Coke will be activated for ALCS and will take Luke Putkonen’s spot on the roster. #Tigers
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) October 11, 2013