Tigers manipulate roster to keep Hardy in 'pen

Tigers manipulate roster to keep Hardy in 'pen

PITTSBURGH -- A day after being optioned to Triple-A Toledo, Blaine Hardy was back in the Tigers' bullpen Tuesday night, having been recalled. In reality, he never left the team.

The Tigers used a little bit of roster maneuvering to replace Hardy in their bullpen while he rested his arm from Sunday's three-inning performance in Toronto. By waiting until Tuesday to place Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list, they were able to use his spot to get an exemption to allow Hardy to return early.

Under normal circumstances, a player optioned to the Minors must wait 10 days before he can be recalled. However, there's an exception when the player is replacing somebody who has been placed on the DL.

From a practical standpoint, Hardy replaces Justin Miller, who was recalled from Toledo on Monday afternoon and then gave up three runs in two innings of relief in the Tigers' 11-6 loss to the Pirates on Monday night. He was optioned back to Toledo on Tuesday to create a roster spot for Robbie Ray, Tuesday's starter and the rotation replacement for Sanchez.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.