The Tigers designated Zach Miner for assignment this morning to make room for recently signed Victor Martinez on the 40-man roster. Miner had a 4.24 ERA and 4.49 FIP in 357 innings between 2006-2009. This included 35 starts and 122 relief appearances. He missed all of the 2010 season due to an injured elbow and had surgery in May.
Designated for assignment means that the Tigers have 10 days to trade or release Miner or ask him to go to the minors, an assignment which he can refuse. He likely is not tradeable coming off surgery and might not be ready to pitch by opening day, 2011. They may attempt to assign him to the minors and invite him to spring training.