Friday, March 30, 2012

Omir Santos Assigned to Minor League Camp

The Tigers assigned catcher Omir Santos to minor league camp this morning.  This, of course, is no surprise.  The main reason he was in major league camp so long was because the Tigers needed an extra catcher to work with all the pitchers on the spring roster.   

The 30-year old Santos has batted .252 with a .656 OPS in 318 plate appearances over three major league seasons.  His claim to fame is his appearance for the Tigers in the 2011 playoffs versus the Yankees.  He entered game four in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement for catcher Alex Avila, but never came to bat.   

The move leaves the Tigers with 30 players in camp, so there are five more "cuts" to go.  One of them will be putting reliever Al Alburquerque on the disabled list.  Other than that, nothing is certain yet, but it appears as if infielder Brandon Inge and outfielder Clete Thomas will not be heading for Detroit. 

Pitcher Drew Smyly will probably be in the starting rotation, but may start the season in Toledo as the Tigers won't need a fifth starter until April 14.  Assuming everything goes as I have described above, the final cut would be one of three pitchers - Duane Below, Luis Marte and Brayan Villareal.    

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