{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"content":["spring_training" ] }

Final roster spot up for grabs

Final roster spot up for grabs

|
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Tigers made one more step towards finalizing their Opening Day roster, albeit a small one.

Outfielder Freddy Guzman, whose speed and defense had proven intriguing in camp, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Erie. That leaves catcher Dane Sardinha and outfielder Clete Thomas still in camp for the final positional spot on the roster.

Thomas has been brought back from Minor League camp and has been seeing at-bats this week since a broken finger landed Curtis Granderson on the 15-day disabled list. Sardinha remains in camp as a non-roster invitee as manager Jim Leyland and his staff debate whether they need a dedicated backup catcher besides Brandon Inge, who will head into the season as the starting center fielder.

Thomas finished out the Tigers' Grapefruit League finale Thursday in center field, relieving Inge for the late innings.

"We bring back players all the time. We wanted to take a look at him," Leyland said.

The Tigers left Lakeland without making a decision on that final spot, meaning that choice and the decision on the final two spots in the bullpen will have to be decided while the Tigers are in Houston for exhibition games against the Astros on Friday and Saturday.

The only candidates in camp for the relief spots are right-handers Yorman Bazardo and Aquilino Lopez. However, the Tigers could still bring in another pitcher from another team, either via trade or waiver claim.

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

{"content":["spring_training" ] }
{"content":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español