For whatever role that awaits him — starting for the Tigers, relief for the Tigers, or pitching elsewhere if there's a trade — Rick Porcello has prepared himself well this spring

Speaking after an effective five-inning stint on Friday in the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, Porcello said, "I'm pretty close, if not ready (for the season)."

All that's left, it appears, is some fine-tuning — just a few final tweaks in the next two weeks to what he has described as a return to basics this spring.

From the outset, he's thrown well.

From his first appearance on, his control has been excellent.

In five starts, Porcello has not allowed a walk.

"There are a couple of things I have to keep working on, but I'm definitely getting there," he said after allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four.