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Smyly slated for role in Tigers' bullpen

DETROIT -- The widely-held assumption about Drew Smyly upon the Tigers' decision to start him in place of injured Doug Fister was that he would give way to a reliever after his start so that the Tigers could return to a full relief corps.

As it turns out, Smyly is the reliever.

"If Fister's ready [to start Friday], then Smyly can fall into the bullpen as a long man," Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said. "That's pretty simple."

Smyly has one relief appearance in his two-year professional career, a bullpen cameo at the tail end of last season at Double-A Erie. He does not expect it to be a major adjustment in the big leagues, though he'll have to get a feel for how much throwing he'll need to get warmed up in the bullpen.

"If they want me to be there and think that I can help the team down there, that's a point of pride in my eyes," said Smyly, who allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings with six strikeouts against the Angels on Saturday.

DETROIT -- The widely-held assumption about Drew Smyly upon the Tigers' decision to start him in place of injured Doug Fister was that he would give way to a reliever after his start so that the Tigers could return to a full relief corps.

As it turns out, Smyly is the reliever.

"If Fister's ready [to start Friday], then Smyly can fall into the bullpen as a long man," Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said. "That's pretty simple."

Smyly has one relief appearance in his two-year professional career, a bullpen cameo at the tail end of last season at Double-A Erie. He does not expect it to be a major adjustment in the big leagues, though he'll have to get a feel for how much throwing he'll need to get warmed up in the bullpen.

"If they want me to be there and think that I can help the team down there, that's a point of pride in my eyes," said Smyly, who allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings with six strikeouts against the Angels on Saturday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.