Tigers option Casey Crosby to Toledo
The fifth starter competition is now officially down one contestant. The Tigers announced after Thursday’s game that they’ve optioned Casey Crosby to Triple-A Toledo, where he’ll open the season in the Mud Hens rotation.
Crosby allowed three earned runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings with six walks and five strikeouts. Most of that damage came in the last couple outings, though he made quite a recovery against the Mets on Wednesday to finish out strong.
“Casey Crosby has, to me, as high of a ceiling as anybody we’ve got in camp, minor league guys,” manager Jim Leyland said. “He’s a potential blue-chipper.”
The decision, Leyland said, came during a Thursday morning meeting with team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski and coaches.
“We said, ‘Let’s get him over there [in minor-league camp] because innings are going to be scarce here,” Leyland said.