Wilk optioned to Toledo
The competition for the two open spots on the Tigers pitching staff is down one. Detroit optioned lefty Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo this morning.
Wilk was seen as a candidate for the rotation and the bullpen, having pitched in Detroit down the stretch last year, but he did not have a particularly strong spring, allowing 10 runs on 19 hits in 12 innings over five appearances. Much of that damage came in his last two outings, yielding seven earned runs on 12 hits over just 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals and Twins.
The move drops Detroit’s pitching ranks in camp to 16, not counting injured Al Alburquerque. Manager Jim Leyland said Friday that the decisions on the fifth starter and seventh reliever will go “real late” in camp.
If, as Leyland has said, Turner is all but out of the rotation running after being shut down with shoulder tendinitis, then the rotation spot is a three-man race between Duane Below, Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. Below could also be part of the bullpen mix if he doesn’t win a starting job, but with three lefties competing to start, right-handers Brayan Villarreal and Luis Marte would seemingly have an edge there, with Chris Bootcheck still around to make things interesting.