ARLINGTON -- The latest left-hander in the Triple-A Toledo bullpen is a familiar face who has been there before. With Patrick McCoy and Blaine Hardy both up with the Tigers for the near future, Detroit reacquired Daniel Schlereth from Pittsburgh on Tuesday for cash considerations, sources confirmed to MLB.com. The Tigers haven't confirmed the deal.
John Wagner, the esteemed Mud Hens beat writer for the Toledo Blade, was the first to report the move. Schlereth was immediately assigned to the Mud Hens. Since he wasn't on Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, no big league roster move had to be made.
Schlereth's previous Tigers tenure ended in Toledo two years ago, when he was on a rehab assignment in August, recovering from a partial left labrum tear. Schlereth did not get a September callup, and he ended up being non-tendered after the 2012 World Series. He spent last year at Triple-A in the O's system, then signed last offseason with the Pirates.
"Great to be back," Schlereth said in a text message to MLB.com. "I feel like I'm at home now."
Schlereth's numbers at Indy weren't pretty: 18 2/3 innings, 18 hits, 19 runs (15 earned) 18 walks, 18 strikeouts and five hit batsmen. Nine of those runs (six earned) scored since May 30, a span of four outings in which Schlereth allowed six hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings.
Left-handed batters have hit 7-for-30 against Schlereth this year, but he has walked seven others and hit three more.
The deal is purely a depth move for Toledo at this point. Though Schlereth made 73 appearances in Detroit over a three-year stretch after being acquired from Arizona in the three-team trade involving Max Scherzer and Curtis Granderson, he's not in the Tigers' picture.