Detroit Tigers’ Julio Teheran scratched with triceps tightness
The Detroit Tigers made an unexpected change after beating the top in the first inning, scraping right-handed Julio Tehran off his second start of the season in Cleveland on Friday night.
During Tehran’s normal litter development in the run-up to the game, the 30-year-old felt a tightness in his triceps, the team said. It was closed as a precaution.
The left-hander Derek Holland got the start at Progressive Field in Tehran’s place.
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Although Holland made the Tigers’ 26 man list as a reliever, he has experience as a starting pitcher.
During his 13-year MLB career, Holland started 227 of his 309 games in the competition on Friday. He previously played for the Texas Rangers (2009-16), Chicago White Sox (2017), San Francisco Giants (2018-19), Chicago Cubs (2019) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2020).
The 34-year-old has an ERA of 15.43 this season, three walks and three strikes in 2⅓ innings.
As for Tehran, the 11-year-old MLB veteran gave up a run through five innings on his first start of the year – a 5-2 win over Cleveland on April 3.
This is not the first time Tehran has dealt with an injury this year. During his spring training start on March 22nd, he left his start after two innings due to a tight back. That spring, Tehran allowed nine runs in 14⅔ innings. He spent four walks and knocked out 18 batters.
Tehran had shoulder problems with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020 but resolved those problems with physical therapy this off-season. He didn’t need an operation.
Evan Petzold is a sports reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.