Tigers starting pitcher Kyle Lobstein (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day disabled list Thursday. The Tigers also announced he will start Friday's game against the Indians. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Detroit outrighted the contract of reliever Josh Zeid to Triple-A Toledo.
The Tigers optioned pitchers Kyle Lobstein, Alex Wilson and Josh Zeid to Triple-A Toledo Tuesday while also reassigning pitcher Alberto Cabrera to minor-league camp, the team announced. Lobstein allowed four earned runs in 10 innings this spring. Wilson surrendered 10 runs (six earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Zeid gave up six earned runs in 7 2/3 innings. The moves leave the Tigers with 39 players in major-league camp.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is feeling confident about his pitching staff headed into the start of the season. So much so, that he's expecting six of the seven spots to already be taken by Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon, Al Alburquerque and Joba Chamberlain, reports MLive.com. "Those six, it'd be surprising if they weren't on the team," Ausmus said Friday morning. "Something strange would have to happen just based on their performances from the past." This leaves Alex Wilson, Josh Zeid and Buck Farmer all battling for the final slot in the bullpen. "You're always concerned about injuries," Ausmus said. "I think that's where the depth comes into play, where, if something unexpected comes up, we have a lot of arms we feel like can produce at the major league level. ... If something happens at any time, we feel that we have a quality arm that we can slide right in."
The Tigers claimed pitcher Josh Zeid off waivers from the Astros on Thursday. To clear a roster spot, Tigers outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was designated for assignment.
Astros pitcher Josh Zeid will undergo a second foot operation Monday, the Houston Chronicle reorts. Zeid had a sesamoidectomy on his right foot in July and missed the remainder of the season, and he'll have the same prodecure on his left foot Monday. His availability for the beginning of spring training is in question.
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