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Phil Coke | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/19/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Tigers and LHP Phil Coke avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.
The 31-year-old lefty had been considered a non-tender candidate, but the two sides were able to iron out a contract before heading to arbitration. He posted a horrifying 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings in 2013, and will work primarily as a situational left-hander. Thu, Nov 21, 2013 10:13:00 AM

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Chris Iott of MLive.com speculates that the Tigers may not be willing to offer arbitration to Phil Coke.

The 31-year-old southpaw is coming off an extremely disappointing season, in which he posted an 0-5 record, 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings. He was left off the team's playoff roster for the ALDS, but returned to pitch in the ALCS, allowing one run in one inning of work. Coke earned a base salary of $1.85 million in 2013, and the Tigers may not want to pay over $2 million for a situational left-hander coming off a career worst season.
Source: M-Live.com
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Phil Coke has been added to the Tigers' ALCS roster.

He takes the spot of Luke Putkonen. Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September but recently resumed throwing and is obviously feeling like he can give it a go. He won't be used in high-leverage situations.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 04:12:00 PM

Phil Coke (elbow) has resumed throwing in the instructional league.

Coke has dealt with soreness in his flexor tendon since mid-September but has felt a bit better of late. It's not clear when he'll potentially be ready for game action, but it's possible he could be an option to be added to the Tigers' bullpen later this postseason should they keep advancing.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 08:54:00 PM

Phil Coke (elbow) will not be on the Tigers' ALDS roster.

Coke is dealing with flexor issues in his left elbow and has yet to resume throwing since it flared up on him during a bullpen session last Wednesday. This injury, combined with his struggles this season, makes it unlikely that he'll pitch at all for the Tigers this postseason.
Tue, Oct 1, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Phil Coke will undergo an MRI on his left elbow Wednesday.

It was determined that he needed an MRI after Tigers doctors looked at him Tuesday. "It just doesn't feel right," Coke said. Even if the MRI should come back clean, Coke has surely pitched in his last game this season.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 06:08:00 PM

Phil Coke was sent back to Detroit on Tuesday to have his left elbow examined by team doctors.

Coke felt soreness in his elbow Tuesday morning after throwing a light bullpen session on Monday evening. The left-hander hasn't appeared in a game since last Wednesday.
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 04:53:00 PM

Phil Coke (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday.

Coke said he felt "a little tight" but overall was encouraged with how the session went. He should be available out of the bullpen before the end of the regular season.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 09:53:00 PM

Phil Coke (elbow) is expected to be ready next week.

Coke has been shut down for the past couple of days due to tenderness in his left elbow. Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Saturday that it's not a major concern.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 04:06:00 PM

Phil Coke will be shut down for the next couple of days due to left elbow tenderness.

Coke told Tigers manager Jim Leyland that he had trouble finishing his pitches on Wednesday night. Detroit will want the left-handed reliever rested for the playoffs.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 10:52:00 AM

Tigers recalled LHP Phil Coke from Triple-A Toledo.

Coke didn't allow a run over six appearances since being demoted to Triple-A earlier this month. The 31-year-old will return to a middle relief role.
Sat, Aug 31, 2013 03:31:00 PM

Tigers optioned LHP Phil Coke to Triple-A Toledo.

It's hard to believe he began the season as the team's closer. Coke has posted a 5.00 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 43 games this season and will work on his command at Toledo. He'll be back on September 1.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 10:49:00 PM

Tigers activated LHP Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list.

Coke was placed on the DL on May 1 with a strained left groin, but returns to the Tigers' bullpen as soon as he's eligible to do so. Luke Putkonen was optioned to Triple-A to make room for him on the active roster. The 30-year-old lefty has been highly ineffective in his first nine appearances, posting an 0-3 record, 8.31 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Fri, May 10, 2013 10:44:00 PM

Phil Coke (groin) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Toledo.

Coke recently threw a bullpen session without any issues, and likely won't need a lengthy rehab assignment. Assuming he avoids setbacks, he could return from the DL on Saturday when first eligible.
Source: M-Live.com
Sun, May 5, 2013 11:36:00 PM

Tigers placed LHP Phil Coke on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 26, with a left groin strain.

Coke attempted to throw Tuesday, but apparently didn't feel much in the way of improvement. He'll now get some extended rest while the Tigers will add right-hander Jose Ortega to their bullpen.
Wed, May 1, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Ezequiel Carrera
2Rajai Davis
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Joel Hanrahan
9Bruce Rondon
10Luke Putkonen