Monday, March 19, 2012

Matt Hoffman, Jose Ortega Optioned to Toledo

The Tigers optioned left-hander Matt Hoffman and right-hander Jose Ortega to Triple-A Toledo this morning.  Assuming Jacob Turner's shoulder tendinitis eliminates him from the competition, Today's move leaves seven pitchers battling for two spots - the fifth starter and the seventh reliever.  The sure things are:

Justin Verlander
Doug Fister
Max Scherzer
Rick Porcello

Jose Valverde
Joaquin Benoit
Octavio Dotel
Phil Coke
Daniel Schlereth
Collin Balester

The seven remaining pitchers in camp include:

Duane Below SP, RP
Chris Bootcheck RP
Luis Marte RP
Andy Oliver SP
Drew Smyly SP
Brayan Villereal RP
Adam Wilk SP, RP

The favorites for the final rotation spot seem Oliver and Smyly and I'll guess that the slightly more experienced Oliver has the edge at the moment.  The final bullpen spot could be anyone, but I'll guess Marte makes the cut. 

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