The Tigers optioned southpaw Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo this morning reducing the competition for the fifth starter spot to three. Wilk does not have the upside of some other pitchers in the system, but was a candidate for the starting staff largely due to his impeccable control. He posted a 3.24 ERA and walked just 14 batters in 102 2/3 innings with Toledo last year. He was hit hard this spring though registering a 7.50 ERA and allowing 19 hits in 12 innings.
The remaining candidates for the fifth slot are lefties Duane Below, Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. Below will be pitching Sunday against the Yankees. The move also trims the field for the final reliever spot to four - Below, and right handers Chris Bootcheck, Luis Marte and Brayan Villareal.