More roster moves for Detroit Tigers

With Opening Day only a little over two weeks away, the Detroit Tigers and manager Brad Ausmus are starting to slowly figure out who is going to make the trip north to Detroit with the big league ball club, and who will start off the season in the minors. On Friday, they made a couple more roster moves.

The Tigers announced Friday there were a total of seven cuts made. The most notable names were pitcher Drew VerHagen and infielder Dixon Machado. Both were optioned to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens to start the season.

VerHagen is expected to be in the Toledo starting rotation and will be a top option for Ausmus to call up to make a start. He missed most of the second half of the 2014 season due to a back injury.

Machado has shown positives and development this spring thus far for the Tigers. Detroit would like to take at least three or four infielders with them: second baseman Ian Kinsler, shortstop Jose Iglesias, and backup infielders/utility men Hernan Perez and Andrew Romine. Machado will be called upon if an injury were to arise for the Tigers.

Also not making the cut with the big league team on Friday was outfielder Wynton Bernard. He was optioned to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.

Bernard was impressive in his spring games as well. He was 6 for 18 with a double, triple, and 4 runs batted in in 13 games for the Tigers. He was signed out of a tryout camp in Lakeland a year ago.

Detroit also assigned the contracts of pitcher Tim Melville and catchers Miguel Gonzalez and Austin Green to minor league camp. The 25-man roster is slowly beginning to take shape for the Detroit Tigers.

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