Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Surprise Cuts by the Tigers

Thought by many to be the favorite to win the second base job, Scott Sizemore was reassigned to Toledo this morning.  This leaves Will Rhymes and Danny Worth to battle for the keystone position.  Or perhaps they will platoon.  Other reassignments include relievers Robbie Weinhardt and Fu Te-Ni, outfielder Clete Thomas and catcher Max St. Pierre.  Weinhardt is also a surprise since some saw him as a lock for the opening day bullpen.

With 28 players still in camp, the Tigers need to make three more cuts before the regular season starts. One will be a reliever and it seems that Enrique Gonzalez, Adam Wilks and Brayan Villarreal would be battling for the final two spots.  With Phil Coke starting the season in the bullpen, it's possible they might go with 11 pitchers the first week.  In that case, they would have to cut two more pitchers.

They will also drop one or two position players by the end of spring training.  Players probably still on the bubble are outfielders Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and infielders Will Rhymes and Danny Worth.  Leyland has already said that Don Kelly will make the team.  Otherwise, I would have put him on the list too.

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