After cutting 13 players today, the Tigers now have 45 bodies left in camp. The following players were optioned to AA Erie: Eulogio DelaCruz, Preston Larrison, Humberto Sanchez, Jordan Tata, Tony Giarratano, Kody Kirkland and Brent Clevlen. In addition, non-roster invitees Tim Crabtree, Colby Lewis, Mike Rabelo, Danilo Sanchez and Kevin Hooper were sent to minor league camp.
Finally, the biggest cut of the day, might have been the release of injury plagued reliever Matt Mantei. Mantei most likely would have made the team if he had stayed healthy but he pulled a muscle in his side early in spring training and The Tigers apparently decided that he would not be ready in time to start the season.
Other than that, there were no surprises (not that Mantei's release was a big surprise). One good thing is that the options of Tata and Clevlen will end the speculation about them heading north with the team. They've been impressive this spring but they need more time in the minors.
With Troy Percival and Craig Dingman almost surely headed for the 60 day disabled list before the season starts, the Tigers now have 18 more cuts to make before opening day. Many 25 man roster spots are set and a few players (like Brian Peterson and Max St. Pierre) are still around just so they can have a few extra bodies to catch all the pitchers in camp. Some others still on the bubble are Marcus Thames, Alexis Gomez, Ryan Ludwick, Josh Phelps, Reggie Taylor, Ramon Santiago and Donald Kelly. With the fifth starter role still unsettled and the end of the bullpen still pretty wide open, I think any pitcher left in camp at this point has some kind of shot at coming north.