David Purcey: It's great to be a Tiger
After bouncing around, lefty is happy to be in Detroit
I have had an unusual season so far. By Memorial Day, I was playing for my third team. This after playing my whole career with one organization. I would best describe the experience as eventful, on and off the field.
I started the season with Toronto. I had been a part of the Blue Jays for seven seasons. Then I went to Oakland for a little while, and now I am with Detroit.
At home, my wife gave birth to twins on June 4 in Dallas. We had the babies at 31 weeks. They were four pounds each, which is fairly large for kids born that early. My wife went into labor early after being on bed rest at the hospital. I caught the flight and made it about 1 1/2 hours before they were born.
My wife is still in Dallas, so she hasn't had to make the moves like I have. She was excited about the change to Oakland, and then coming here she seems to like the way this organization has dealt with us. It has been first class the whole way. She has been to Detroit before and really liked it.
In baseball, you can only control so much. I try and spend my time focusing on what I can do on the mound. When it comes to roster spots, there isn't much I can do about it. That sort of happened at the start of the year in Toronto. A lot of guys had guaranteed contracts, and I was pretty much the only option when they had to make a roster move. So, I went to a team that wanted me and then I went to another team that wanted me even more. That is the way it goes, I guess. Hopefully, I don't have to bounce around too much more.
I wasn't in Oakland for long, but while I was there I got a lot out of that club's pitching coach, Ron Romanick. He helped me by changing some of the things regarding my mechanics. He changed the side of the mound I was sitting on and he helped my mechanics, which helped to change things that were hindering me from pitching well.
I don't think the number of left-handers in the bullpen factored into the trades. I am not a situational lefty. In Toronto, it was just me and Marc Rzepczynski for a while. I got replaced on the roster by a right-hander. In Oakland, we had a few lefties, but I got moved when they had Andrew Bailey coming off the disabled list. They also had a very experienced bullpen. It just seems I was wanted here more, and I am excited to be with the Tigers.
It was great walking into this clubhouse for the first time. While with Toronto, I played against the Tigers a lot and I knew a lot of the guys here just by playing against them so much. Everyone was very welcoming when I arrived.
All in all, everything has worked out well for me so far this year.
In 23 total games this year with the Tigers, A's and Blue Jays, left-handed reliever David Purcey has pitched well, compiling a 1-1 record with a 2.45 ERA. A former starter, Purcey is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound native of St. Charles, Ill.
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