clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Tigers designate Joba Chamberlain, Tom Gorzelanny for assignment

New, comment

The moves come as part of a bullpen shakeup in Detroit.

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE - Lefty Tom Gorzelanny has been designated for assignment, according to a report from Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. The two moves come as part of a major bullpen shakeup in Detroit, as veterans Chamberlain and Gorzelanny are being replaced by callups Jeff Ferrell and Drew VerHagen.

In 24 innings for the Tigers this year, Gorzelanny posted a 6.38 ERA after signing with the team during the offseason.

ORIGINAL - It appears as if Joba Chamberlain and his smiley faced elbow will need to find a new home. As first reported by Bless You Boys' Kurt Mensching, the reliever has been designated for assignment by the club. The club has not yet confirmed the move.

Late last night, there were rumblings of some potential moves that would be made by Detroit, and it would seem like this is at least one of them. In 22 innings this season, Chamberlain struggled mightily. He posted an ERA of 4.09, an FIP of 5.49, and a SIERA of 3.85. His strikeout rate in 2015 reached a career low, but he's also improved his control and walked just 2.05 batters per nine innings. Chamberlain's main problem this year is likely tied to his propensity to give up the long ball, as he allowed a HR/9 of 2.05.

Despite the sub-par results, his manager seemed to have his back.

This exchange took place just two days ago, so it's unclear what changed, or if Ausmus was merely defending one of his players for appearances. Due to Chamberlain's track record, he should have no trouble finding another team that's willing to take a chance on him. His 2014 statistics were good, and if a pitching coach can help reduce the number of home runs that he allows, his overall performance will improve.