LAKELAND, Fla. — Twelve Detroit Tigers, including 10 from the Major League camp, will depart for various sites across the world this weekend to prepare for the World Baseball Classic.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said players are leaving Saturday through Monday, with most heading out on Sunday.
Three other pitchers, including Alex Wilson and Michael Fulmer, are in the designated pitcher pool. That essentially means they’re on-call and could be summoned in the second round if their team advances.
Ausmus said the team is prepared for the departures by having a larger than usual number of players in camp. He can also borrow liberally from the minor-league camp as needed.
“The position players we’re losing, it’s not like they’re fighting for a spot on the roster,” Ausmus said. “Pitchers you’re a little bit more concerned about making sure they get the work they need and they’re not overworked in the WBC. But Major League Baseball and the teams for each country do a good job of keeping us informed about the how pitchers are being used.”
The Tigers’ roster of WBC participants:
LHP Travis Blackley*
RHP Warwick Saupold
RHP Dustin Molleken
SS Daniel Pinero*
RHP William Cuevas
1B/OF Efren Navarro
RHP Joe Jimenez
2B Ian Kinsler
RHP Alex Wilson (designated pitcher pool)
RHP Michael Fulmer (designated pitcher pool)
1B Miguel Cabrera
DH Victor Martinez
RHP Francisco Rodriguez
RHP Bruce Rondon
RHP Arcenio Leon* (designated pitcher pool)
* In the Tigers’ minor-league camp