Collmenter Traded to Braves; Could Face Tigers
Homer native Josh Collmenter could be pitching against the Tigers soon. The right hander was acquired by the Atlanta Braves from the Cubs this week for cash. The 30-year-old pitched well for the Cubs’ Triple A team after being released this summer by Arizona. He posted a 2.25 ERA across 16 Triple-A innings in Iowa, but did walk a lot of hitters. With Braves’ right-hander Williams Perez sidelined by an elbow impingement after a pair of rough starts earlier this month Collmenter could get a start Saturday against the Washington Nationals. The Tigers have three games with Atlanta coming up to end the regular season. Collmenter entered the season with exactly five years of service time and won’t reach the requisite 172 days to move up to six years of MLB service time. That means that the Braves could take him to arbitration and he could be on their team next season with a chance to re-prove himself at the Major League Level.