CHICAGO -- The Tigers were down one reliever on Saturday after David Purcey left town to be with his wife for the birth of their first children, a set of twins.
Justin Verlander's eight innings during a 4-2 victory over the White Sox ensured they didn't need much relief, but they weren't going to wait any longer for help. By placing Purcey on the paternity leave list, the Tigers were able to recall left-hander Adam Wilk from Triple-A Toledo.
By rules in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, paternity leave can last from one to three days. Since Purcey and his wife live in Dallas, the Tigers are hopeful that it's just two days before he can rejoin the team Monday for their series opener at Texas.
Unlike a normal roster move, they can recall someone who was sent down less than 10 days ago. That opened the door for Wilk, who had been optioned out last Friday.
Wilk pitched 3 2/3 innings with an unearned run and four strikeouts in his lone appearance for the Tigers. He puts Detroit's bullpen back at three left-handers pending Purcey's return.