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40 Phil Coke RP
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 7/19/1982 | Birthplace: Sonora, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Detroit | College: San Joaquin Delta Coll. CA (J.C. | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,850,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 731.00
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Shutout inning a step forward for Phil Coke


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Phil Coke provided some encouragement Tuesday in his battle for a roster spot for the Tigers despite what some believe to be a concerning lack of velocity. The left-hander pitched a scoreless inning against Toronto, striking out two along the way.

"I was fighting through a couple things the last two outings so they weren't as crisp as I'd like them to be, but I felt pretty confident with my stuff today," he told the Detroit Free Press. "I don't think I was thinking about everything, I was just going after guys."

Coke's fastball has been topping out in the high 80s and low 90s, but he said his velocity is ahead of where it usually is at this point of spring training.


Phil Coke ready for fresh start in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) Tigers reliever Phil Coke didn't hold back when speaking with the Detroit Free Press. He called his 2013 campaign "a bad year" and admitted he "struggled all year."

"I didn’t lose my way, I just had a lot more stuff I was holding onto than I should have been," Coke said. "I mean off-the-field stuff, on-the-field stuff here and there, just paying too much attention instead of just going out there and doing my thing.

“It was all kinds of different things. Family stuff, I mean. Stuff way out of my control, but it was still in there, still bothering me. That kind of stuff happens. We’re all human, and we’re all going to make mistakes, whether it’s thinking about trying to control the situation that you have no control over, which is pretty much usually my problem -- or if it’s stuff right in your face and the automatic adjustment isn’t there like you’re hoping it would be."

Coke, who posted a career-worst 5.40 ERA in 2013, said he's ready to turn the page and get started in 2014.

"I already feel like I’m way in front of the curve that I set for myself preceding previous spring trainings," he said. "I feel strong, I feel comfortable and ready to get spring training going. I can prove that I’m ready."


Phil Coke staying with the Tigers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) The Tigers signed left-hander Phil Coke to a one-year deal Thursday, avoiding arbitration. Coke went 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 49 relief appearances last season.

Phil Coke may not be offered arbitration


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2013) There is speculation in Detroit that the Tigers may not offer arbitration to reliever Phil Coke, MLive.com reports. The 31-year-old had a poor season in 2013 in which he had an 0-5 record and 5.40 ERA over 38 1/3 innings. 

Coke was left off the team's playoff roster for the American League Division Series, but returned to pitch in the ALCS for manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers. 


Phil Coke returns from injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Tigers relief pitcher Phil Coke made his first appearance since suffering an elbow injury on Sept. 18, as he was on the mound for just two pitches in the ninth inning of Tuesday's Game 3 loss to the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

Coke got David Ortiz to ground out for Detroit's second out of the inning. He was immediately pulled in favor of Al Alburquerque.

Phil Coke nearly pitched in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com Tuesday that he was going to use Phil Coke in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox, but held off.

Joaquin Benoit gave up a grand slam to David Ortiz, which sparked the Red Sox back from a five-run deficit to win the game. Coke has not pitched in a game since Sept. 18 because of an elbow injury. He was activated for the ALCS after missing the American League Division Series against Oakland.

Phil Coke activated for ALCS


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2013) The Tigers have activated relief pitcher Phil Coke for the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox.

Coke missed the ALDS due to an elbow injury. The Tigers removed Luke Putkonen from the roster for the ALCS against Boston.

The soreness in Coke's forearm flexor has reportedly completely subsided after the reliever threw in the instructional league in Florida recently.

Phil Coke, Bruce Rondon out for ALDS


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) The Tigers will not carry relievers Phil Coke or Bruce Rondon during the American League Division Series against Oakland, MLive.com reports. Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said both are dealing with discomfort in their respective arms. 

"They're not going to be ready for the first round," Leyland said. 

It is not clear at this time if one or both relievers could return should the Tigers advance to the American League Championship Series. 

"I feel bad because I wanted to be able to help this team in the first round," Rondon said through a translator.


Phil Coke in limbo for Tigers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke continues to deal with his elbow injury, MLive.com reports Saturday. Manager Jim Leyland provided an update. 

"Coke was checked out," Leyland said. "There was some inflammation. He's probably not going to pitch this week."

Coke returned to Detroit earlier in the week to undergo an MRI. He could be sidelined into next week as well as the Tigers clinched the division. 

"The Phil Coke situation is totally in limbo right now," Leyland said. "I don't know how to answer that. I think the doctor said he wouldn't be able to pitch this week. Does that mean the rest of this week or next week? I'm not really sure."


Phil Coke has setback with elbow


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Tigers pitcher Phil Coke is being sent back to Detroit to have his injured elbow examined after it bothered him after Monday's throwing session, MLive.com reports.

Coke seems unlikely to make it back before the end of the regular season. He is 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 30:21 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings.


Phil Coke throws successful bullpen


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke threw a bullpen session Monday, MLB.com reports. Coke said his injured elbow felt "a little tight" but was overall encouraged. 

Coke hopes to be available for the Tigers out of the bullpen before the end of the regular season. 


Phil Coke's elbow still not right


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/23/2013) Tigers left-hander Phil Coke, who has been out since Wednesday with tenderness in his elbow, had a throwing session Sunday that didn't go as well as hoped, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"Threw hard, but the elbow was a little tight," Leyland said of Coke. "I don't know exactly what that means."

Coke is hoping to return in time for the playoffs.


Phil Coke shut down with elbow tenderness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke will be shut down for a few days with elbow tenderness, according to MLB.com.

Coke has strugged this year, posting a 5.40 ERA in 38 1/3 innings. He's only supposed to be out a few days, so there's a chance he'll return before the playoffs. 


Tigers recall Phil Coke, Hernan Perez


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2013) The Detroit Tigers have recalled the contracts of reliever Phil Coke and infielder Hernan Perez from Triple-A Toledo, MLB.com reports Saturday.

 


Phil Coke sent to minors


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) The Tigers optioned reliever Phil Coke to Triple-A Toledo after Tuesday's game against the Twins. Coke failed to record an out in the game prior, allowing a walk and a hit before being pulled. 

Coke has a 5.00 ERA in 36 innings of work this season, with a 1.50 WHIP. Jose Alvarez will be recalled to take his place on the roster. 

Describing the move, manager Jim Leyland stressed that Coke is being sent down until rosters expand at the beginning of September, but he will be recalled then. 

"We made a move," Leyland said. "I want to make sure everybody understands that we're not down on Phil Coke. He's coming back up Sept. 1. But this was an opportunity for him to go down there and just, he's got to do a little better job of staying out of the middle of the plate."


Braves inquiry about Phil Coke ends


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) The Braves have inquired about Tigers reliever Phil Coke as they continue to search the trade market for a left-handed reliever. However, nothing came of it since Coke is having a down year, according to ESPN.

Phil Coke suffers loss


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke failed to hold the lead Thursday against the Angels. 

Coke lasted one-third of an inning, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk to fall to 0-5.


Not expecting many chances for Phil Coke


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2013) Along with Jose Valverde and Joaquin Benoit, Tigers manager Jim Leyland listed Phil Coke as an option to close games for the time being. Coke closed for the Tigers in the playoffs last year, so you can't discount the possibility of him earning saves. But because he hasn't been especially reliable this season and is the only lefty available for short relief, I'm thinking he's a long shot.

Obviously, if a couple of left-handed hitters are due up in the ninth inning, I wouldn't be surprised to see Coke out there, but he's not nearly as likely as Valverde or Benoit to secure the role long-term. And because no committee lasts forever, the eventual victor is what you're ultimately trying to pinpoint in Fantasy.

If you need saves and Coke is the only available source of them, sure, you add him. But not over Benoit.


Tigers to go closer-by-committee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he'll mix-and-match his ninth-inning reliever, according to the Detroit Free Press

Drew Smyly saved Monday's game, but he shouldn't be viewed as the full-time closer. Leyland admitted he would use Jose Valverde, Phil Coke and Joaquin Benoit in the role depending on the game situation. He reiterated that Rick Porcello would not be used in the role. 

The Tigers' bullpen is responsible for nine blown saves this season. 


Phil Coke 'important' part of Tigers' bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2013) Tigers manager Jim Leyland stressed Sunday how important left-handed reliever Phil Coke is to the team's bullpen, which is why he was elated to see Coke throw a perfect inning and strike out two batters Saturday against the Twins.

"He's important for us; if we're going to be good, he's going to have to be good," Leyland said. "At the end of the day, in the grand scheme of things, he's going to have to be good for us. He's a key component."


Phil Coke activated from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) The Tigers activated relief pitcher Phil Coke from the 15-day disabled list after Friday's game against the Indians, the Detroit Free Press reports. He missed the minimum 15-day period while dealing with a strained groin.

Phil Coke could return this weekend


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke, who threw eight pitches in one inning in Thursday's rehab appearance, could rejoin the Tigers this weekend, MLB.com reports. He is first eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

Coke has an 8.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 10:5 K:BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings this season.


Phil Coke picks up a win in Triple-A


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke picked up a win during a rehab appearance in Toledo.

Coke pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the Rochester Red Wings. He gave up a leadoff single but managed to pitch around it. Coke also struck out a batter and issued an intentional walk. Coke threw 24 pitches, 12 of which were strikes. Coke was placed on the disabled list April 26 with a groin injury.


Phil Coke throws off mound


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke threw 26 pitches in a bullpen session on Saturday and told MLB.com that his left groin strain was feeling much better.

"It wasn't anywhere close to what I felt in Detroit [throwing on Tuesday]," Coke said.

The left-hander could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo later in the week, depending on how he feels Sunday.

Tigers place reliever Phil Coke on disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Tigers reliever Phil Coke has been placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained groin.

After struggling during his last appearance, Coke has missed the team's last couple of games with the injury. In 8 2/3 innings, Coke has allowed eight runs this year. Four of those runs came during his last appearance, which came April 25. The club called up Jose Ortega from Triple-A to take Coke's spot on the roster.