You can tell the real games are close because the Tigers are pitching some guys to come to a final decision on their 25 man roster. Adam Wilk got the nod (he’s actually fighting for one of the last spots) against the Braves yesterday and he struggled. He did last three innings but when the dust settled, he was tagged for four runs on five hits with a strikeout. Brayan Villerreal walked four and game up a run in an inning and two thirds while Enrique Gonzalez pitched two shutout frames.
Miguel Cabrera went two for three in the 5-3 loss. Danny Worth singled and scored a run.
I’ve been a little bit out of it lately because of work but the Tigers made some semi-surprising cuts this past week. Scott Sizemore was sent down to the minors so Wil Rhymes will start the season at second base. I thought they’d try to keep both guys up while Carlos Guillen was on the disabled list. Robbie Weinhardt was also sent down. The Tigers have a couple of bullpen spots to fill and there’s a four way battle for the last spot on the bench between Danny Worth, Casper Wells, Brennan Boesch and Andy Dirks.
At the end of the day, a lot is made out of these last spots when usually things are shuffled a couple of weeks into the season anyway. Still, it gives us something to talk about.