DETROIT -- Ian Krol began his first full season of professional baseball in the Midwest League four years ago, living at home in Naperville, Ill., and commuting to low Class A Kane County as an Oakland A's prospect. Four seasons and two trades later, the lefty reliever is headed back to the Midwest League for a Minor League rehab assignment on his way back to the Tigers' bullpen next week.
After just under two weeks on the 15-day disabled list with what he called a dead arm but what the Tigers classified as shoulder inflammation, Krol will join low Class A West Michigan for two relief appearances.
Krol will pitch an inning on Friday night. If all goes well and his arm feels fine, he'll pitch again Sunday afternoon before rejoining the Tigers. He's eligible to be activated from the DL on Monday, but the Tigers are off, so the best-case scenario is for him to return for Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers.
Krol said Thursday is arm is feeling fine after throwing a second bullpen session Wednesday.