Improvements in Toledo have Ian Krol back with Tigers
Ian Krol was driving to his place in Royal Oak on Thursday when he received a call from the Detroit Tigers.
That flight you're supposed to get on with Triple-A Toledo to Pawtucket? Don't get on it, they told him. You're coming back up to the major leagues.
"It feels awesome," Krol said. "It always feels great."
Since being sent to the minor leagues in late April, Krol has excelled with the Mud Hens: a 1.15 ERA in 14 appearances. He has struck out 18 and walked seven in 152/3 innings.
"Hopefully I can continue to have success here," he said, noting the success with the Mud Hens has come mainly because he's pitching around the zone and not being sporadic with attacking hitters.
Krol throws hard and has improved his cutter and curveball, he said, with the curveball command improving because of the higher seams on a minor league baseball.
When he threw Friday afternoon at Comerica Park, he said, there was no trouble controlling the pitch.
"I have a good feel for it," he said. "It's always good when you figure your stuff out."
And with a left-handed-heavy Cleveland Indians lineup, Krol figures to be used to get out a left-hander in a key situation.
"He's pitched extremely well in Toledo ever since he's worked there," manager Brad Ausmus said.
Ausmus said his cutter has been "very effective" for him, and his velocity "is good."
Krol allowed three runs and four hits in 52/3 innings with the Tigers this season before being sent to Toledo.
"He's in a good spot," Ausmus said.
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