Right-hander Rick Porcello has won a job in the Tigers' rotation. Left-hander Drew Smyly has won a spot on the 25-man roster as a reliever. Porcello was not available to talk to the media following Tuesday's announcement by manager Jim Leyland. Leyland still hasn't said who will start beyond Justin Verlander on Opening Day. "The five pitchers are locked in, the rotation is not," Leyland said. Smyly said he was pumped to be part of the team from the start. "I just wanted to make it and help contribute whatever I can for this team to win," said Smyly, who was 4-0 with a 3.38 ERA this spring. He struck out 17 in 21 1/3 innings. Porcello was 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA, including 21 strikeouts and no walks in 24 innings. "I knew we both pitched great," Smyly said. "Rick, he's been starting for them for four years. He deserves it. "I still see myself as a major league starter. I want to be a starter, but it just shows how much talent we have on this team. It's an honor for me to make it. Starting is what I want to do in the future, but right here we got a great thing going with the Tigers, and I'm happy to be a part of it. Leyland cited a couple reasons Smyly made the team: "No. 1, he's one of our 12 best pitchers. No. 2, the fact that he's built up to a hundred pitches this spring, with the weather conditions and everything, where you might have delays, he can still come in and pitch four or five innings and do that for a period of time."
Tigers' Drew Smyly wants to start, but is honored to just make team
Detroit Free Press | Mar 27