By LG

The Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde had to leave the game in the ninth inning with lower back problems, Valverde says he will be good as he lists himself as day to day. Oh really? Valverde hasn’t been the same Valverde all season long so far. He has blown a couple of saves and now he has lower back problems. Is it possible he has been bothered by back problems all season long this year? Valverde seems to have lost his punch. The Tigers entire pitching staff has lost a step including Verlander who has had a couple of rough starts.

The Tigers need to pick it up a bit. The team was lucky to pull off a win with some home run heroics over the White Sox last night, they were on their way to another loss before that. If Valverde is out for an extended period of time, one has to wonder what Leyland will do to keep his Tigers near the top. The Tigers will do battle with the American League Central leading first place Cleveland Indians next week in what could be the battle of first place if the Indians keep winning. If the Tigers don’t have Valverde, it could be a problem.

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