All Don Kelly wanted was a chance.
And, with only a week left this spring, it's become apparent he's got a pretty good one with the Tigers.

Kelly is expected to learn his fate with Detroit at some point this week, ahead of the end of camp, due to an opt-out clause that will force the Tigers to tell him whether he'll be added to the 25-man roster or if they want him to consider a minor-league assignment.

"I’d rather be in this position than having been sent down or not have a chance to make the team," said Kelly when asked if he's had a difficult time shedding the nerves.

Should he not make the Opening Day roster, Kelly can, in turn, ask for his unconditional release, allowing him to scour the baseball landscape and possibly catch on elsewhere.

The Tigers included the clause as part of the minor-league contract Kelly signed this offseason. Also included? An invitation to spring training, or as Kelly called it: "Another opportunity."

"Ultimately, it comes down to playing on the field and I knew that coming here, I was going to get an opportunity to play," he said.

And, he's taken full advantage of that opportunity, smashing another home run Sunday, a two-run shot that highlighted a five-run seventh in Detroit's 9-4 win over New York.

It was his third this spring. And, more importantly, it was off ex-Tiger Brandon Lyon -- a Major League pitcher, and perhaps more important, a right-handed pitcher.