There's going to be an unusual family reunion Thursday night in Coca-Cola Field.
The Detroit Tigers have promoted a 25-year-old left-hander from Class A Lakeland of the Florida State League to start for the Toledo Mud Hens against the Buffalo Bisons. His name is Shawn Teufel.
As in the son of Bisons manager Tim Teufel.
The Tigers have some injury issues with their starting pitching in the minors and a couple of Bisons sources say Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin told his Buffalo counterpart about the callup during the teams' lineup card exchange Wednesday afternoon.
The move was made official Wednesday night following Buffalo's 4-2 win. The game will be televised nationally on SNY and on Time Warner 13 in Western New York.
Shawn Teufel was born on July 16, 1986, in the middle of his father's season playing on the eventual World Series champion New York Mets. He is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA this year for Lakeland in 19 games (seven starts). This will be his first appearance above Class A. He was the Tigers' 25th round pick in 2010 out of Liberty University.
Pretty neat little sidebar to an otherwise mundane game between two teams out of the playoff race.
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