Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Byrdak released

The Tigers released Tim Byrdak after last night's game in which he allowed 4 walks and retired nobody. He has pitched poorly all spring and has a 13.50 ERA. Still, an outright release is a bit surprising since he did well last year and Jim Leyland had mentioned a couple of times that he was a virtual lock to make the team.

Unless they make a trade in the next couple of days, this probably means Yorman Bazardo and Aquilino Lopez will both make the team. Since Leyland probably would like to have another left-hander in the bullpen to go with Bobby Seay, a trade is not out of the question. Clay Rapada might have been a candidate but has been injured and has not pitched much this spring.

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