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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Phil Coke exits with back spasm

By on 9/11/2014 07:30:00 AM

Detroit Tigers reliever Phil Coke did not have a good evening on Wednesday, as James Schmehl of reports. The left-hander had already put two Royals on without recording an out when he experienced a back spasm while trying to field an Eric Hosmer bunt.

The Royals first baseman reached to load the bases, and Coke came out of the game to be replaced by Al Alburquerque. Schmehl says that the Tigers will evaluate Coke's injury on Friday and that the lefty was unavailable for comment following the game. Alburquerque managed to get the Tigers out of the jam with no runs scoring but Detroit still went on to lose 3-0, giving Kansas City sole possession of first place again.

Although he has improved on a poor 2013 (5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP), Coke has still put up a 1.39 WHIP and continues to be awful against righties. Right-handed batters are hitting .316 with an .845 OPS against Coke this year. Rookie Blaine Hardy has actually been the best left-hander in the Tigers bullpen this year and seems most likely to be called upon for a lefty matchup if Coke needs to miss some time.

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