I have some misgivings about the Tigers putting Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry on the opening day roster. Back in 2007, the Tigers promoted Cameron Maybin probably earlier then he should have been and it smacked of desperation. This year, the Tigers are hoping to recapture the magic of 2006 when Joel Zumaya and Justin Verlander helped lead the Tigers to their first pennant since 1984. It was announced today that both Ryan Perry and Rick Porcello would be on the opening day roster.
To make room, Clay Rapada was sent to the Hens and Scott Williamson was sent to minor league camp. Porcello may be more of a placeholder in the rotation until Jeremy Bonderman (or even Dontrelle Willis) comes back but if he throws together a couple of good starts, it’ll make the rotation decision that much tougher to make when Bonderman comes back. Perry will likely pitch a lot in the sixth and seventh innings to basically fill the role Zumaya played in 2006. Juan Rincon and Eddie Bonine also made the team. The other surprise move is that Zach Miner got the other rotation spot and Nate Robertson will come out of the pen.
On the hitting side, Ryan Raburn and Dane Sardinha were optioned to Toledo while Mike Hessman was placed on waivers. I can’t see Hessman’s power bat not getting picked up so he’s as good as gone.
With the Josh Anderson trade, that leaves Brent Clevlen and Jeff Larish vying for the 25th spot. My bet is Clevlen gets the nod because Larish has options but the Tigers don’t seem t shy about cutting a player loose these days.