Julio Teheran’s 2021 debut in a Tigers uniform provided hope the veteran pitcher could revive his career in Detroit.
That never came to fruition, however, as the 31-year-old right-hander went on the injured list a week after holding the Cleveland Indians to four hits and one run with three strikeouts in what turned out to be his only start in the Motor City.
A 10-day stint on the injured list eventually turned into 60, which eventually turned into shutting him down for the year due to a right shoulder strain, but Teheran is healthy once again and will look to use a new opportunity in the Mexican League to springboard a return to the majors.
Teheran signed with the Toros de Tijuana on Wednesday, according to a report from the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, after opening the season with six strong outings in the Atlantic League, in which he post a 1.60 earned-run average with a 0.921 WHIP and 35 strikeouts against just six walks in 33 2/3 innings.
Prior to his brief stint with the Tigers, Teheran was a two-time all-star during a nine-year run in Atlanta, where he was the opening-day starter for six consecutive seasons, joining Warren Spahn as the only Braves pitchers to achieve that feat.
He went on to sign a one-year, $9 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in 2020, but logged the worst year of his career, going 0-4 with a 10.05 earned-run average, a 1.76 WHIP and 20 strikeouts against 16 walks in 31 1/3 innings during the pandemic-shortened campaign.
For his career, Teheran boasts a 78-77 record with a 3.80 earned-run average and a 1.22 WHIP with 1,207 strikeouts against 477 walks in nearly 1,400 innings of work.
By signing with Tijuana, Teheran joins a group of former MLB all-stars to compete in the Mexican League this summer, including Pablo Sandoval (Monclova), Bartolo Colon (Monclova), Jair Jurrgens (Oaxaca) and Yasiel Puig (Veracruz).
Whether or not Teheran can reach the major leagues again remains to be seen, but the early part of his 2022 season, at least in Independent ball, indicates he has some gas left in the tank.
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