I read the Transactions in the sports page every day. Why? Because you might not otherwise uncover succulent tidbits such as two former Tigers moving a step closer to a big-league job, or at least one in the minors.
On Friday the Royals signed Hideo Nomo to a minor-league pact. In case you’ve forgotten, Nomo went 8-12 with a 4.74 ERA in 190 innings pitched in his one season in Detroit (2002). Notably, he gave up about a hit an inning (191) but struck out 181. He last pitched in the bigs during the 2005 season — where else? — in Tampa Bay.
Also on Friday a real blast from the past out of Cincinnati: the Reds signed LHP Adam Pettyjohn to a minor-league deal. Pettyjohn appeared in 16 games for the 2001 Tigers (nine starts) and compiled a 1-6 record and a 5.82 ERA in 65 innings. From Wikipedia:
In 2002, Pettyjohn didn’t play any professional baseball because he had to undergo a colectomy due to ulcerative colitis. In 2003, he played in the Tigers organization. He was released by the Tigers on March 28, 2003.
It sure would be nice to see him latch on.