Armando Galarraga Sent Down: From a "Perfect Game" to the Minors

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJuly 8, 2010

DETROIT - JUNE 13: Armando Galarraga #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 13, 2010 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Pirates 4-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Call it the curse of the “Perfect game” Part Deux.

Earlier in the week, Oakland A’s LHP Dallas Braden was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore pitching elbow. Since Braden’s perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays, he is 0-5 with a 4.31 ERA and teams are hitting .304 against him.

Now another “perfect game” brethren is suffering disappointing results.

Armando Galarraga, who threw a “perfect game” against the Cleveland Indians was sent down to the minors yesterday. Though the move is only temporary according to Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowsky, this only adds to Galarraga’s strange year.

Galarraga started the year in the minors, came up in May and won two of his first three decisions; then he threw the most controversial one-hitter in MLB history, went three straight starts after without getting a decision, and now he was sent to the minors again. That is a full year in two months my friends.

Galarraga had a 5.61 ERA since throwing his infamous one-hitter on June 2. He will be replaced on the roster by Robbie Weinhardt.

It could be possible that Galarraga returns to the Tigers for their July 20 series against the Texas Rangers.

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