Detroit Tigers option Spencer Torkelson to Toledo

Cleveland—The road is not always straight and perfect.

Tigers’ manager AJ Hinch said that before the finale of the Tigers-Guardians series was rained out Sunday. The topic was struggling rookie Spencer Torkelson. A few minutes later, after the postponement was announced and before the Tigers’ players departed for a short All-Star break, Hinch pulled Torkelson into his office.

“I told him we were optioning him to Toledo,” Hinch said. “He will start the second half in Triple A.”

It wasn’t in any way a surprise. Torkelson was hitting .197 and slugging just .295 with a 68 OPS-plus. He’s contributed five home runs and 21 RBIs.

Nor is it a permanent assignment.

“We have a plan in place to get him some at-bats and get him back to being the offensive force that we know he’s going to be,” Hinch said. “There is much less spotlight to do it at Triple A than it is to continue to do this in the big leagues.”

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