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Requires seasoning: Tigers cut 12

Requires seasoning: Tigers cut 12

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers made their first round of cuts from their Spring Training camp on Wednesday, sending a dozen players back to the Minor Leagues, including first-round Draft pick Rick Porcello.

Porcello was optioned to Class A Lakeland, where he'll make his professional debut next month. Left-hander Macay McBride and right-hander Armando Galarraga were optioned to Triple-A Toledo.

All the other moves involved non-roster invitees who were assigned to Minor League camp. They included right-hander Jeff Gerbe, catchers Rob Bowen, Dusty Ryan and James Skelton, first baseman Jeff Larish, shortstop Danny Worth, and outfielders Matt Joyce, Wilkin Ramirez and Clete Thomas.

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Porcello appeared in three games for the Tigers this spring, showing the potential that made the 19-year-old the highest touted high school pitcher in last summer's First-Year Player Draft. He pitched two perfect innings on Feb. 29 against the Blue Jays before allowing a run on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings a week ago against the Pirates. He closed out with a flourish on Tuesday with two perfect innings against the Indians.

The move leave 46 players in camp with the Tigers. They'll cut down to their 25-man roster in just over two weeks.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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