Bernard was outrighted to Double-A Erie on Friday, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Bernard cleared waivers after being designated for assignment on Saturday and will stay with Detroit. He'll now head to Double-A Erie where he'll reassume a .209/.320/.395 slash line with the club. The 25-year-old also spent some time with Triple-A Toledo this season as well and performed slightly better, batting .235/.286/.302 over 46 games.
The move is essentially a formality, serving to remove Bernard from the 40-man roster to clear a spot for Casey McGehee, whose contract was purchased by the Tigers on Saturday. Bernard has spent the duration of the season at Triple-A Toledo, and that's unlikely to change unless another club claims him off waivers in the next few days.
Bernard will likely begin the season at Triple-A. However, he could get called up if Anthony Gose struggles in center field while Cameron Maybin is out with a wrist injury.
Wynton Bernard may make his way into Detroit's center field discussions to start the season, reports MLive.com.
Bernard played 83 games in center field and 47 in left with Double-A Erie in 2015. But his speed is his best asset -- he stole 43 bases last season. He's been "fine" this spring -- "nothing's really standing out, in a good way or bad way," according to manager Brad Ausmus, but that's not necessarily a condemnation. There's an opening with Cameron Maybin out another three to five weeks. Right now, Bernard in a platoon with Anthony Gose in center and "no [final] decision has been made" about who will get the bulk of games. In 12 at-bats this spring, Bernard has two hits, one walk and one strikeout.
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