Ryan Carpenter, Mike Gerber among 11 Tigers reassigned
Tampa, Fla. – The Detroit Tigers reassigned 11 players on Tuesday, but for a couple of them, it was more like, “goodbye for now.”
Left-handed starter Ryan Carpenter and outfielder Mike Gerber, both assigned to Triple-A Toledo, have a good shot at playing for the Tigers at some point this season.
Carpenter in four appearances allowed three runs with 12 strikeouts in 9.2 innings this spring. He was in the battle for the final rotation spot and is expected to be at the top of the rotation for the Mud Hens.
There are six starting pitchers left in camp: Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Jordan Zimmermann, Francisco Liriano, Mike Fiers and Daniel Norris.
Gerber, who made two highlight-reel worthy catches in center field, hit .350 with a home run and three doubles in 20 at-bats.
Catcher Grayson Greiner was also sent to Toledo.
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Optioned to Double-A Erie were right-handed pitcher Sandy Baez and shortstop Sergio Alcantara. The Tigers took a long look at Alcantara this spring. Acquired in the J.D. Martinez trade, he played in 15 games and hit .263. He finished last season at High-A Lakeland.
Right-hander Eduardo Jimenez was assigned to High-A Lakeland.
Also reassigned were three right-handed pitchers who were non-roster invitees: Enrique Burgos (who pulled his groin muscle Monday), Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery. They were sent to minor-league camp, but could all end up at Toledo.
Catchers Arvicent Perez and Jake Rogers were also sent to minor-league camp.
Forty-one players remain in camp.