The Detroit Tigers made an unexpected change after batting in the top of the first inning, scratching right-hander Julio Teheran from what would have been his second start of the season Friday night at Cleveland.
During Teheran’s normal throwing progression leading up to the game, the 30-year-old felt tightness in his triceps, the team announced. He was shut down for precautionary reasons.
“He was willing to pitch,” Hinch said after the game. “But it wasn’t looking good, from what (pitching coach Chris Fetter) told me. There’s no reason to risk further injury.
“I’ll know a little bit (more) in a little bit. When you pull the pitcher right before the start of the game, it doesn’t feel good and it doesn’t look good. I’m not sure whether or not he’s going to be able to avoid any injured list time.”
Left-hander Derek Holland received the start at Progressive Field in Teheran’s place.
Although Holland made the Tigers’ 26-man roster as a reliever, he has experience as a starting pitcher.
Across his 13-year MLB career, Holland started 227 of his 309 games entering Friday’s contest. 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 a 15.43 ERA, three walks and three strikeouts in 2⅓ innings this season.
As for Teheran, the 11-year MLB veteran gave up one run through five innings in his first start of the year — a 5-2 win April 3 against Cleveland.
This isn’t the first time Teheran has dealt with an injury this year. During his March 22 start in spring training, he left his start after two innings because of back tightness. This spring, Teheran allowed nine runs in 14⅔ innings. He issued four walks and struck out 18 batters.
Teheran had shoulder troubles with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020 but sorted out those issues this offseason with physical therapy. He did not need surgery.