The Tigers assigned catcher Robinzon Diaz, first baseman Jeff Larish, relievers Robbie Weinhardt and Josh Rainwater to the minor leagues Tuesday. Shortstop Brent Dlugach was optioned to Triple-A. The cuts made it official that rookie catcher Alex Avila has made the team as a backtop to Gerald Laird. "I'm super excited to be able to continue to develop at the major league level rather than in the minor leagues," Avila told the MLive.com. "Now I can continue to learn from Gerald, and catch Justin, Max and Rick."
The Tigers announced the following minor league invites to spring training: outfielder Ryan Patterson; infielders Jason F. Stokes, Kory Casto, Santo De Leon and Cesar Nicolas; catchers Robinzon Diaz, Mike Rabelo, Max Pierre and Andy Bouchie; and pitchers Phil Dumatrait, Enrique Gonzalez, Ryan Ketchner, Ruddy Lugo, Macay McBride, Sam Narron, Josh Rainwater and Jason Waddell.
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