March 29th, 2014

Tigers purchase Collins contract, finalize 25-man roster

The Tigers’ 25-man roster is now set. And Tyler Collins can finally celebrate making the team.

After a couple days in which the Tigers had 25 active players in camp but weren’t finalizing anything, a clear sign of waiting to see what roster cuts in other camps might bring, the Tigers set their roster Saturday. Collins, who came to camp on a non-roster invite because he didn’t have enough years to require a 40-man roster spot, had his contract purchased from Double-A Erie, where he spent last season.

There had been suspense whether the Tigers would make a run at a left-handed hitting outfielder with experience. Ex-Tiger Brennan Boesch reportedly has an out clause in his contract with the Angels, while players who are out of minor-league options generally had to be claimed by this point if a team was going to pick them up in time for Opening Day.

The Tigers also made their season-opening moves to the disabled list. Jose Iglesias (stress fractures in both shins) and Bruce Rondon (Tommy John surgery) both went on the 60-day DL, while Andy Dirks was placed on the 15-day DL. The latter move doesn’t necessary mean the Tigers expect Dirks (back surgery) to be back in sooner than 60 days. They just don’t need the 40-man roster spot, so there’s no reason to use the 60-day DL for him just yet.

Officially, rosters have to be finalized by Sunday.

Tigers-Nationals exhibition rained out

I didn’t go to Washington, but apparently the weather wasn’t very good, because they didn’t wait long to postpone Saturday’s exhibition between the Tigers and Nationals. Essentially, the Tigers got an overnight stay in D.C. before returning home Saturday evening.

Only a couple players will really be affected by it. The first is scheduled starter Anibal Sanchez, who was scheduled to throw around 85 pitches to get ready for his regular-season assignment Thursday against KC. Instead, Sanchez will now throw a shorter session against Tigers hitters along with Rick Porcello as part of Sunday’s voluntary workouts (no, it’s not voluntary for the hitters scheduled to face them, I’m told).

The other player affected is Don Kelly, who was supposed to get some field work in Saturday’s game. He returned to game action Friday in Lakeland, but it was a minor-league camp game, and he was the designated hitter for both teams in the contest. I’m not sure whether that will help set Brad Ausmus’ decision on who starts in left field for Opening Day. He said Friday he still hadn’t decided.