Time to thin out the bullpen

Tigers sent out three relievers this morning. Taiwanese left-hander Fu-Te Ni and right-hander Casey Fien were assigned to Minor League camp. Righty Freddy Dolsi, meanwhile, was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where Ni and Fien will probably join him in the Mud Hens bullpen.

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I hope they keep Casey Fien in mind. He’s intriguing.
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Lyon, Rodney, Seay, Miner and Rapada/Bloom go north.
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Of these three, Rincon, Williamson and Perry, two go north.
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I think Rincon has made it. That leaves Williamson and Perry. On the one hand, they may want the veteran, but on the other, there are those clues that Perry will replace Zumaya.
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Just my thought, you mileage may vary.
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Other than the NRI Williamson, Rodney is the oldest of the bunch. That seems strange.
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–Rich

Jason,
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what are the tiger’s plan with Jackson? i havent heard anything about him.
mike

I think most of the roster moves have been expected and in most cases, well advised. However, I don’t agree with sending Fien down. The Tigers absolutely need someone who can come in and throw 80% strikes as he does. He is the right age and the right attitude. Wth the improved infiled this was a no-brainer for me.
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The club has been erratic in their thinking of how to develp their pitchers coming up. Last year with the worst bullpen imaginable, it never occcurred to them to bring up Blaine Neal. I still can’t figure that one out. Now he’s gone and I would almost expect him to show a top notch performance in the majors this year.
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I agree with their decisions re Miner, Dolsi Nate etc. I hope they are not corraled into using Willis because of his contract. To me, that is a very critical decision as to how to manage the morale factor on the team.
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Verlander has shown the dominance we need to see from a #1 guy.
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IMO, Larish is a shoo-in for the roster spot.
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Watching the game today in beautiful La Playita Mexico—can’t drum up a ball game for the life of me though. Too many soccer balls down here for my liking.

Are the players back in camp yet from the WBC. Did they fly in this morning? Will they be playing tomorrow against Boston. Or when will their first game be? Who is traveling to Ft Myers tomorrow?

I think they’ll take Larish too, but I wonder who will be the backup centerfielder? Inge? I’d assume they’d rest Granderson against a tough lefty, but then if you run Inge out to center, that leaves LHer Larish in the lineup at third. If they don’t take Larish north, would it be Raburn as a centerfielder and infielder? He’s not real strong at third. Gomez played center today. It just may be the time to bring up Clevlen. Bats right, keeps the defense strong, and is out of options. Interesting decision coming up here.
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It’s an awkward time for the WBC guys to return. It’s a very long bus ride to Ft. Myers tomorrow, followed by an off day, then an even longer bus ride to Port St. Lucie on Wednesday.
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–Rich

With GMan back from the WBC pitching just 7 innings and a lot of travel ahead before his next pitch, you would have to think he is not going to be ready with 14 days to go to season launch. I would be aiming to have him ready for opening game at Detroit – he deserves it after last year.
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I noted your earlier comments Jason that “Sheff usually doesn’t make the trips to the east coast of Florida, since he lives in Tampa and has seniority”. Hitting just .216 this spring, now is the time to put yourself out, put the hard yards in and show some leadership.

Granderson is out of the game, so it appears that we’ve survived the WBC with no injuries. As it turns out, that’s the most important thing.
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From a USA perspective, the entire WBC is kind of silly. Davey Johnson has not managed to win, while the other countries have pulled out all the stops. Neither has USA been able to recruit the best players in the country, while the other countries have loaded up. In the end, it’s a great event for other nations, which I guess is the goal? I don’t know. Is it absolutely imperative that USA enters a team in the competition? Anyway, that’s it for four years. Thank heavens.
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–Rich

Fien should not have been cut before Bloom, Willis, Williamson, or Bonine. He’s been as effective as any reliever in camp and he is the best on the team in terms of just throwing strikes. As of now, Lyon, Rodney, Miner, Seay, and Rincon are in, and we have apparently one spot for a lefty with Rapada, Bloom, and Willis in contention, and one spot for Zumaya (whom JL admits probably won’t be ready), Williamson who’s made more comeback attempts than a homing pigeon chasing a boomerang, and Bonine, who’s been a starter, and not a very good one, even at AAA. Fien would be a better choice for either spot, lefty or not.

Not only has DD failed to adequately address the bullpen despite numerous reasonably priced free agents being available, but now he’s cutting the best of what little is left.

With the rotation, Willis clearly should be dropped from consideration a whole lot quicker than Miner, who has pitched well in both opportunities he’s been given to start. Willis does not belong in the majors, much less the rotation on a team that hopes to contend. He was the worst starter in the National League before DD traded for him. The egg on DD’s face is still dripping and he won’t wipe it off.

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