DETROIT (WXYZ) - Despite posting a respectable 3.14 ERA halfway through May, Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque has reportedly been optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Alburquerque was "too wild" in Wednesday's outing according to Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
"Maybe [Alburquerque is] not getting enough work, or whatever," he said. "I don't know the answer. Right now, he's struggling a little bit with his control, certainly."
Wednesday wasn't the only outing where Alburquerque struggled with his control, though. In 14.1 innings this season, Alburquerque recorded 13 walks, and in his last six appearances, he walked nine batters.
The Tigers recalled the contract of right-handed reliever Evan Reed to replace the struggling Alburquerque. Reed posted a 3.00 ERA, recorded 28 strikeouts and surrendered just seven walks in 21 innings pitched this season in Triple-A Toledo.
As for Alburquerque, the Tigers hope he can re-establish his control and regain the level of confidence he pitched with in the 2011 season.
In his rookie campaign, Alburquerque posted a 1.87 ERA, with 67 strikeouts, and just 29 walks in 43.1 innings pitched.