Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland will need to pencil in a few fill-ins at third base when Miguel Cabrera departs for the World Baseball Classic. He already has a handful of names in mind, none of which begin with Nick or end with Castellanos. Leyland confirmed that Castellanos, the club's No. 1 prospect, would not shift back to third base while Cabrera plays for Team Venezuela in next month's tournament. "My organization argues that he's now a left fielder, so I'm not going to tinker with that," Leyland said. "You get your marching orders." Instead, Leyland expects to give Don Kelly and Matt Tuiasosopo, a pair of non-roster invitees, a few starts in Cabrera's place. And, there's others that could fill the gap, too. "I don't like (Cabrera) being gone, but maybe you want to see if Danny Worth is going to hit decent, so you put him at third for a day," Leyland said. "(Ramon) Santiago, too." It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Tigers will continue to work Castellanos out in left -- a position he picked up while playing in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Of the three years Castellanos has spent in the Tigers' organization, two-and-a-half have been played as a third baseman. He shifted to right field in Double-A Erie last July, and eventually moved to left a few months later. So far, he's has taken to the challenge. "I like it a lot," he said. "It's going to get me to the big leagues the fastest, so, of course I like it."
Detroit Tigers will not play Nick Castellanos at third base when Miguel Cabrera departs for WBC
Michigan Live | Feb 27