Krol dealing with sore left shoulder

Krol dealing with sore left shoulder

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Ian Krol's first Major League save Saturday was a mixed feat for multiple reasons. For one, it came after what was once a 10-run lead had been whittled to the point where the potential tying run was on deck when Krol entered to retire Joe Mauer in the eighth.

Besides that, Krol told after the game that he was dealing with a sore left shoulder. It's not expected to be a major concern, though it'll be something manager Brad Ausmus intends to watch.

"I talked to him after the game. He was a little bit tender," Ausmus said. "But he said he didn't really have any pain when he was pitching. He just felt like he didn't have anything behind the ball."

Krol averaged just under 93 miles per hour on his fastball Saturday, according to data from's Gameday app and That's down about one mph from his season average, though he has been under 94 mph for most of June.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.