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Darin Downs | Relief Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 208
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Astros recalled LHP Darin Downs from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Downs posted a 5.54 ERA but held a 15/4 K/BB ratio over 13 Triple-A frames to earn the promotion. He'll work in the middle innings. May 4 - 10:31 AM

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Astros optioned LHP Darin Downs to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 29-year-old southpaw could've secured a spot in the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring, but compiled a 6.75 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 2/4 K/BB ratio in his 9 1/3 innings of Cactus League play. He'll get an opportunity with the Astros at some point during the 2014 campaign.
Mar 22 - 9:01 AM

Astros claimed LHP Darin Downs off waivers from the Tigers.

Downs battled a shoulder injury for much of this season, but he struck out over a batter per inning when healthy. He should fill a middle relief role for the Astros next season.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 02:35:00 PM

Tigers recalled LHP Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo.

The 28-year-old southpaw has appeared in 26 games for the Tigers this season, posting a 5.18 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 37/10 K/BB ratio over 33 innings of work. The Tigers have struggled to find steady left-handed specialists in the bullpen this season, which is the role Downs will be used in over the final three weeks.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 12:29:00 PM

Tigers activated LHP Darin Downs from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.

Downs is over his shoulder ailment, but there's no room for him in the bullpen at the moment. He should be back up in September.
Sun, Aug 4, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Darin Downs (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday.

Downs has been out since early July with left rotator cuff tendinitis, but didn't report any setbacks in his first rehab appearance for Low-A Michigan on Saturday. If all goes well, he could return Wednesday against the Nationals.
Source: M-Live.com
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Darin Downs (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Downs struck out one in a perfect inning for Low-A Michigan Thursday, and it sounds like that's the only rehab outing he'll need. "Darin looked good," Whitecaps pitching coach Mike Henneman said. "No pain. Looks good to go."
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Darin Downs (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A West Michigan on Wednesday.

Downs was cleared after throwing live BP Monday with no issues. It's possible he could be ready for activation before the end of the month.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 09:15:00 PM

Darin Downs (shoulder) threw live batting practice Monday.

Downs has been out since early July with left rotator cuff tendinitis, but he's apparently making some progress. It's not clear when he might rejoin the Tigers' bullpen.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 09:33:00 PM

Tigers placed LHP Darin Downs on the 15-day disabled list with left rotator cuff tendinitis.

Perhaps it could explain Downs' struggles of late, as he holds a 10.13 ERA since the beginning of June after getting off to a nice start. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined.
Sun, Jul 7, 2013 11:05:00 AM

Darin Downs has cracked Detroit's Opening Day bullpen.

Downs posted a 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 16/3 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League to earn the job. The 28-year-old lefty should do fine.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 09:19:00 AM

Left-hander Darin Downs is up to six scoreless innings this spring after retiring three of the four Blue Jays he faced Wednesday.

Downs is likely to make the Tigers as things stand now, but that would probably change if the team goes outside the organization for a closer. As is, Phil Coke would be the favorite for saves, and since he'll often be saved for the ninth, a second lefty would be a pretty valuable piece for the pen.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of LHP Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo.

After 10 seasons in the minors, Downs is finally getting the call. It's a great story, as the 27-year-old southpaw has persevered after suffering a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive back in 2009. He had a quality 2.22 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season and will pitch in middle relief with the Tigers.
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 09:00:00 AM

The Tigers will purchase the contract of left-hander Darin Downs from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday.

The Tigers got a lot of work after Doug Fister was chased early on Monday and will likely be tested again Tuesday now that Duane Below is starting in place of Max Scherzer (hamstring), so Downs provides a fresh arm. The 27-year-old southpaw has a 2.22 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season. He's quite the example of perseverance after suffering a skull fracture when he was hit in the head by a line drive back as a Rays' farmhand in 2009.
Mon, Jul 2, 2012 11:30:00 PM

Marlins signed LHP Darin Downs to a minor league contract.

The left-hander will receive an invite to spring training. He's nothing more than a standard minor league arm.
Tue, Dec 7, 2010 08:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Carlos Corporan
1B1Jon Singleton
2Jesus Guzman
2B1Jose Altuve
2Enrique Hernandez
SS1Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Matt Dominguez
LF1Robbie Grossman
2L.J. Hoes
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
DH1Chris Carter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Jarred Cosart
3Dallas Keuchel
4Brad Peacock
5Collin McHugh
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Chad Qualls
2Jesse Crain
3Anthony Bass
4Matt Albers
5Tony Sipp
6Josh Fields
7Darin Downs
8Jose Veras
9Josh Zeid
10David Martinez
11Jose Cisnero