Just announced, the Tigers have released lefty reliever/starter Fu-Te Ni of his contract from Toledo.
Fu-Te had been with the Tigers organization since the 2009 season when he signed a minor league contract to play for the Mud Hens. Before signing with the Tigers, Ni was a player in the Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Ni made his Tigers debut on June 29th, 2009 against the Oakland Athletics. The first batter Ni faced was Jason Giambi and yeah, you guessed it, he struck him out.
Ni hasn’t pitched since May 18th for the Mud Hens and had been on the DL off and on throughout the season. He first went on the DL on April 18th with shoulder problems. Then, on May 20th he was put on the DL again with a strained UCL (elbow) which ended his season for surgery.
From 2009-2010 with the Tigers, in 58 games Ni went 0-1 with a 4.33 era, 43 strikeouts, 30 walks in 54 innings pitched. Needless to say, Ni never really figured it out.
With all these shoulder/elbow issues Ni has been having, it’s a question as to wether he’ll pitch in the MLB ever again.