Kensing has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training. A second-round pick in 2003, Kensing has bounced between seven organizations in his 13 professional seasons. He has spent parts of nine seasons in the major leagues, posting a 5.70 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 181.2 career innings. The right-hander is a prototypical Quad-A bullpen arm.
Kensing was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. After being designated for assignment Monday and clearing waivers, Kensing is set to head to Triple-A Toledo. Kensing, a 33-year-old right-handed reliever, notched a 1.93 ERA over 4.2 innings of work out of the Tigers' bullpen this season before being DFA'd.
Kensing will be designated for assignment Monday by the Tigers. Kensing has been solid out of the Tigers bullpen thus far, but there is simply no room for him on the big league roster with the return of Blaine Hardy from the disabled list. Kensing may head back to the minors as a result of this move, although the right-hander's strong start could help him land a job if he chooses to refuse the assignment. His decision should be made within the next few days.
Kensing has won a spot in the Tigers' bullpen to start the season, ESPN's Katie Strang reports. He certainly did all he could in spring to earn the spot, posting a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 10.1 innings. Kensing only had five strikeouts, however, and his K-rates have been suboptimal for a reliever in recent years, so look for him to work primarily in low-leverage spots.
Kensing agreed to a minor league deal with the Tigers on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training. Kensing split last season between Triple-A and the majors in the Mariners organization, struggling to the tune of a 5.87 ERA with the big league club. The 33-year-old figures to serve as organizational depth in the bullpen, but he has had success in the minors the past few seasons though, so he could make the Opening Day roster with a strong showing in the spring.