Anthony Lerew Released by KIA Tigers

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OSEN Sports is reporting that the KIA Tigers have released American pitcher Anthony Lerew. Lerew was the Tigers' closer for most of the first half of the season. He started the season well, but has gone through a major slump recently and has spent several weeks in the minors. Lerew appeared in 30 games this season, finishing with 0 wins, 3 losses, 20 saves, 4 blown saves, and an ERA of 4.50. Lerew was a starter for the Tigers last year and finished the 2012 season with 11 wins, 13 losses, and an ERA of 3.83.

Today (July 24) is the KBO's waiver deadline, and the Tigers waited until the last possible moment to send Lerew home. The trade deadline is July 31 and the deadline for a new signing is August 15. The Tigers have not yet announced Lerew's replacement. We will report on any news as soon as it becomes available.