Now comes the tough part of spring training.

The Tigers' roster cuts so far have met with disappointment from players who only hoped to make the team.

From here on, they're going to meet with anger — from players who weren't just hoping, but expecting to make it.

Manager Jim Leyland knows it. He's bracing for it.

"Beyond this point, they're not disappointed, they're mad," Leyland said after Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium, "and in a lot of ways, I would say rightfully so. You make some people happy, you also break some hearts.

"As a manager, you might as well make up your mind that's the way it is going to be. We're almost home, but we're not."

But for every player who'll be angry at not making it, there will be one thrilled for the opposite reason — as outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo was on Tuesday when he was told that barring, as Leyland put it, "something freaky" happening before the Tigers leave, he's made the team.

And as Drew Smyly was for hearing that while he won't be starting — Rick Porcello will be, instead — he's made the team anyway as a reliever.

Those were the Tigers' two major decisions announced that didn't involve rosters cuts.

Another move was to put outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, because of his bruised right heel.

With the Garcia move and five cuts, the Tigers got down to 29 players in camp. Four of the moves were before the game.

One was during. Yes, during.

After Tigers starter Shawn Hill pitched five innings against the Braves, he was told he was being sent to minor league camp. Leyland did it that way for two reasons:

He wanted to tell Hill before the pitcher left the clubhouse — which probably would have been before the game was over.

Plus Leyland also wanted to get back to the dugout to watch Bruce Rondon, still a candidate to make it, throw an inning — in which he retired the side, striking out two.

"The best he's thrown so far," Leyland said.