MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -Detroit placed right-hander Denny Bautista on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with right shoulder tendinitis.
Bautista left Friday night's loss at Minnesota in the eighth after giving up three runs on four straight hits. He got ahead 0-2 on Mike Lamb, but then summoned team trainers to the mound. After a brief conversation, Bautista left the game and Francisco Cruceta was rushed into action.
Detroit purchased the contract of right-hander Freddy Dolsi from Double-A Erie to take Bautista's place on the roster.
Bautista threw 46 pitches in 1 1-3 innings Friday night.
``That's brutal,'' manager Jim Leyland said. ``That's not very good pitching.''
The manager insisted, though, that he hasn't lost confidence in Bautista.
``I want to make that perfectly clear, I like Bautista,'' he said.
It wasn't all bad news for the Tigers pitching staff. On Friday night, left-hander Dontrelle Willis made a rehab start for Triple-A Toledo. Willis went 4 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits with no walks. Willis was placed on the 15-day DL on April 12 with a hyperextended right knee and reportedly felt no pain or stiffness during his 72-pitch outing.
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