Porcello to rotation, Smyly to bullpen, Tuiasosopo on team
Take Rick Porcello off the trade market, at least for now. The right-hander will open the season in the Tigers rotation, manager Jim Leyland announced Tuesday. Drew Smyly, who was battling for the spot previously held by Porcello, will open in the bullpen as a long reliever, with maybe some other relief work mixed in.
Matt Tuiasosopo, meanwhile, will be on the Opening Day roster barring an unforeseen move at the end of camp. He has won the right-handed hitting left fielder job to get starts against some lefties.
Still to be decided are one or two bullpen spots, plus the last positional spot on the bench. Leyland said he hopes to resolve those by Thursday, though it’s no guarantee.