Kensing was reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. A second-round pick in 2003, Kensing has bounced between seven organizations in his 13 professional seasons. Last year, he spent most of his time at Triple-A Toledo, and he figures to head there again to begin 2017. Kensing does offer MLB experience, but the Tigers have better bullpen options at this point.
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.
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