Whether his next start comes for the Tigers or in the Minors remains to be seen, but the 21-year-old right-hander surely did enough Saturday to make staying with Detroit a legitimate possibility.
Making his first big league appearance since June 19, Porcello yielded six hits over eight innings of one-run ball with no walks and six strikeouts. He threw 99 pitches, 71 for strikes.
Porcello's sparkling effort went unrewarded in Detroit's 2-1, extra-inning loss to Cleveland in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. Yet the 2007 first-round Draft pick took plenty of positives from a game in which he performed superbly.
"I felt like I gave the team a chance to win," said Porcello, who is 4-7 with a 5.63 ERA in 14 starts for the Tigers this season. "I just have to keep working hard and build on this going forward."