Detroit Tigers' Julio Teheran scratched with triceps tightness; Derek Holland starts

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Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press
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The Detroit Tigers made an unexpected change after batting in the top of the first inning, scratching right-hander Julio Teheran from what would have been his second start of the season Friday night at Cleveland.

During Teheran's normal throwing progression leading up to the game, the 30-year-old felt tightness in his triceps, the team announced. He was shut down for precautionary reasons.

Left-hander Derek Holland received the start against Cleveland at Progressive Field in Teheran's place.

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Julio Teheran pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park, Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Julio Teheran pitches in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park, Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Although Holland made the Tigers' 26-man roster as a reliever, he has experience as a starting pitcher.

Across his 13-year MLB career, Holland started 227 of his 309 games entering Friday's contest. He previously played for the Texas Rangers (2009-16), Chicago White Sox (2017), San Francisco Giants (2018-19), Chicago Cubs (2019) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2020).

The 34-year-old has a 15.43 ERA, three walks and three strikeouts in 2⅓ innings this season.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold.

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