Tigers have options for Sunday's starter

Tigers have options for Sunday's starter

DETROIT -- The good news for the Tigers out of Tuesday's rainout is that their overworked bullpen got an extra day of rest. The bad news is the pothole it put in their rotation for Sunday.

When the rainout pushed Rick Porcello's start back a day from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon, it essentially ruled out Porcello for Sunday's game against the Red Sox. Manager Jim Leyland does not want to start the 21-year-old on three days' rest, nor will he start Jeremy Bonderman on short rest while he regains his arm strength following two injury-shortened seasons.

That leaves the Tigers with two options. They can have one of their current relievers make the start -- something they've done twice this season when Dontrelle Willis has fallen ill -- or they can call up someone from the Minor Leagues. Coincidentally, Armando Galarraga started on Tuesday for Triple-A Toledo, which would put him on turn to start on Sunday for the Mud Hens.

Leyland initially downplayed the possibility of promoting Galarraga, but then was more open to the chance.

"Is he a possibility? Yes," Leyland said between games on Wednesday. "But a lot of that depends on how it plays out prior to that."

Another possibility, depending on how heavily the bullpen is used the next couple days, is Alfredo Figaro, called up from Toledo on Wednesday morning. He has been in the Mud Hens' rotation all season and was scheduled to start for them on Thursday, but a quick exit by someone in the next few days could require him for long relief.

"There are a lot of ways to go," Leyland said. "There are a lot of scenarios. That's why I can't etch anything in stone, because I don't know how it's going to play out. I mean, obviously, this first game [Wednesday] was a big uplift for our bullpen."

If Figaro is used in relief and can't start, the Tigers could also turn to relievers Eddie Bonine or Brad Thomas, depending on how heavily they're used.