Garcia to DL; Putkonen, Alvarez Davis, Russo sent out
The latest batch of roster cuts this morning brought the Tigers down to 30 players, but none were particularly surprising.
- Avisail Garcia will begin the season on the 15-day disabled list as expected with a right heel contusion. The move was backdated to March 22, the maximum allowed. He can be activated as soon as April 6, the first Saturday of the season.
- Luke Putkonen was optioned to Triple-A Toledo, where he’ll reprise his relief role in hopes of getting an in-season call-up. The 26-year-old fastballer allowed six runs on 14 hits in 13 2/3 innings this spring, walking five batters, hitting three others and striking out 14.
- Lefty Jose Alvarez was assigned to minor-league camp. He’ll begin the season in the rotation at Toledo after allowed three earned runs on 13 hits over 9 2/3 innings with a walk and six strikeouts.
- Catcher Brad Davis was also assigned to minor-league camp. He’ll share playing time with Bryan Holaday behind the plate for the Mud Hens.
- Utilityman Kevin Russo also was assigned to minor-league camp. He quietly had a pretty good camp, batting .308 (12-for-39) with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs. That 2-to-15 strikeout-to-walk could’ve been better, obviously.
No answer yet on Don Kelly. He has an opt-out clause he can exercise any day now, but he doesn’t sound all that nervous about it, and he doesn’t sound like he’s about to press the team for an answer. We’ll see what happens.
As for Shawn Hill, he makes the start today, but presumably will be sent out soon after that to get to Toledo and work in the rotation there. He’ll be an insurance starter; the question is whether he’ll be a sixth, seventh or eighth starter (depending on whether the Tigers hold onto Porcello).