Papa Grande Back in Detroit: Tigers Recall Jose Valverde

Posted at 7:59 PM, Apr 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-23 19:59:45-04

DETROIT — The Tigers confirmed rumors that Jose Valverde was going to be back in a Detroit uniform.

The Tigers tweeted Tuesday night, “Valverde will be with the club in Detroit tomorrow, and manager Jim Leyland says he will be the team’s closer.”

Detroit is expected to send Brayan Villareal to Toledo to make room for Valverde on the 40-man roster. MLB is reporting that the Tigers signed Valverde to a one-year deal.

Valverde, known as “Papa Grande” signed a minor-league deal with Detroit in early April. He struck out the side in Monday night’s game in Lakeland and has thrown three shutout innings in his time in Lakeland.