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|Subject: Tigers release struggling reliever David Pauley Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:05 pm|| |
Reliever David Pauley never found his groove in a Detroit uniform. (John T. Greilick/Detroit News)In first major move of spring, Tigers release struggling reliever David Pauley
March 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm
By Tom Gage
The Detroit News
Lakeland, Fla. With the first major move of the spring, the Tigers' bullpen is starting to take shape.Following the Detroit's 7-7 tie against the New York Mets on Monday, reliever David Pauley was released.
Pauley, a right-hander, was competing this spring for one of the final middle-relief spots in the bullpen, but it was an uphill battle from the get-go since the Tigers had planned all along to have Collin Balester, acquired from the Nationals in a trade this offseason, make the team.Pauley didn't help his cause with some tough outings. In 2.2 innings, he allowed five earned runs for a 16.87 ERA. He allowed eight hits and four walks, while striking out one."I'm sorry to be leaving, but that's baseball," Pauley said.
He didn't leave without praising his now-former ballclub: "This is going to be a juggernaut of a team."
When he was acquired last summer in a trade with the Mariners starting pitcher Doug Fister came over in the deal, too Pauley, 28, was in the middle of his best season in the major leagues.
With Seattle in 2011, he had a 2.15 ERA in 39 appearances.
But he never got on track with the Tigers, allowing 26 hits and four home runs in 19.2 innings. He had a 5.95 ERA with Detroit last season, and rarely pitched down the stretch.
Pauley didn't pitch in the postseason.
In other moves Monday:
* The Tigers reassigned several to minor league camp, including catchers Rob Brantly, Curt Casali, Patrick Leyland and James McCann; infielder Nick Castellanos; and infielder/outfielder Justin Henry.
* The Tigers told infielder Hernan Perez and outfielder Avisail Garcia their contracts will be optioned to minors Thursday. Garcia will go to Double A Erie, Perez to Class A Lakeland.
* And DH Victor Martinez, out for the season with a torn ACL, was placed on the 60-day disabled email@example.com
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