Tigers' Miner sent to Triple-A; Lopez recalled

Updated: July 2, 2008, 12:47 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers reliever Zach Miner was optioned to Toledo on Wednesday and right-hander Aquilino Lopez was recalled from the Triple-A club.

The move came after Miner gave up a career-high four walks in two innings during Detroit's 6-4 loss to the Twins on Tuesday night.

Lopez started the season with the Tigers but was optioned to Toledo June 15 and had a 2.45 ERA in three games. He was expected to be in uniform for Wednesday's game.

Miner, 3-3 with a 4.43 ERA in 31 games with the Tigers, worked exclusively out of the bullpen this season but may start for the Mudhens, Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

"Zach will be back here. There's no doubt in my mind," Leyland said. "I don't want anybody to think I'm down on Zach Miner, because I'm not. I wanted to keep him here, but I think it's best for us and him to go work things out a little bit."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index