Purcey glad to reconnect with former team

Purcey glad to reconnect with former team

DETROIT -- David Purcey was a member of the Athletics for less than two months, but it was still nice for him to catch up with some of his former teammates Tuesday as the Athletics came to Detroit.

"The guys on the team were great," Purcey said of Oakland. "It's good to see them. I already saw them when I got here, ran into a couple of them on the way in and said hi. We just caught up about things that have happened, having the kids, and some of the guys over there have had kids. It's been a good time."

The Tigers traded for Purcey on May 27. He didn't give up an earned run in his first eight appearances with Detroit, but has struggled recently. Purcey began the year with the Blue Jays, but was designated for assignment and eventually traded to the Athletics, where he gave up three earned runs in 12 2/3 innings pitched.

Purcey credited Oakland pitching coach Ron Romanick with helping him turn things around.

"He helped me straighten up a little bit and clean up my lines a little bit toward the plate," Purcey said. "He helped me out a lot. It'll be good to see him. I haven't seen him yet, but hopefully I'll get to go out there and say hi to him."