Porcello, Perry make team, Robertson in relief
Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry have a combined 38 games of professional baseball experience, none of it above Class A ball. But they’ll have two spots on the Tigers’ 12-man pitching staff.
In the end, talent won out over the experience. The Tigers made the moves to finalize their pitching staff on Wednesday, optioning left-hander Clay Rapada to Triple-A Toledo and assigning right-hander Scott Williamson to Minor League camp.
The rest were informed they’ll make the team. That includes the 20-year-old Porcello, who will take a spot in Detroit’s rotation, and the 22-year-old Perry, who will pitch out of the bullpen. Other pitchers who made it include non-roster candidates Juan Rincon and Eddie Bonine.
Zach Miner was also informed he’ll be a Tigers starter, taking the spot of injured Jeremy Bonderman. He and Porcello will join Justin Verlander, Edwin Jackson and Armando Galarraga in the rotation. Nate Robertson, who was fighting for a starting job, will pitch out of the bullpen.
On the positional side, three more moves brought the Tigers within one move of finalizing the bench. Utilityman Ryan Raburn, who has been the subject of trade rumors, was instead optioned to Triple-A Toledo along with catcher Dane Sardinha. Corner infielder Mike Hessman, meanwhile, was placed on waivers and informed he will not make the team.
That leaves left-handed hitter Jeff Larish and outfielders Brent Clevlen in camp and one roster spot to announce. Larish is believed to have the upper hand for the job, with the Tigers waiting until the end of camp to make a move on Clevlen, who’s out of options and would have to clear waivers to be outrighted to Triple-A Toledo.