Tigers call up former Whitecap Farmer for start

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Buck Farmer throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 in Detroit.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Buck Farmer throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 in Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have purchased the contract of former West Michigan Whitecap right-hander Buck Farmer, calling him up to start Wednesday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Farmer was called up to make his major league debut after injuries to Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander — and Sunday’s 19-inning game that required a relief appearance by Rick Porcello — left Detroit’s starting rotation in a bit of a mess.

Farmer has spent most of this season with the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps. He was pitching for the Whitecaps only three weeks ago, then made two starts for the Double-A Erie. It’s the fastest any player has gone from the Whitecaps to the big leagues.

Detroit optioned right-hander Kevin Whelan to Triple-A Toledo, and Erie catcher Ramon Cabrera was claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

24 Hour News 8 contributed to this report.

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