Tigers lefthander Andrew Miller was among the roster cuts from major league camp yesterday, as the club optioned him to high Class A Lakeland.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland told BA correspondent Jon Paul Morosi (Detroit Free Press) that Miller was “definitely not going to be on the team,” but there was “a strong possibility the lefthander would join the club at some point during the season.
It is not surprising Miller was optioned to the high Class A roster, as the club is likely considering starting the 21-year-old in a warm-weather environment before sending him to Double-A Erie. Miller went 0-0, 4.50 with seven strikeouts in six innings this spring.
In other Tigers news, Leyland intimated that righthander Yorman Bazardo–acquired in a February trade with Seattle for outfielder Jeff Frazier–was still in the mix for a bullpen job. Bazardo, who limited hitters to a .182 average for Venezuela in the Caribbean Series, has not pitched particularly well this spring. In 2 2/3 innings, the 22-year-old allowed three earned runs on seven hits.
The Astros also made several moves over the weekend, though the most significant came when they took righthander Lincoln Holdzkom off the 40-man roster. A Rule 5 pick from the Cubs last December, Holdzkom cleared outright waivers and was offered back to Chicago.
The 24-year-old has 72 hours to accept his assignment back to the Cubs, or he can reject the assignment and become a free agent. A seventh-round pick in 2001 by the Marlins, Holdzkom allowed five earned runs in two innings (22.50 ERA) this spring.
Houston also optioned righthanders Jimmy Bathmaier and Felipe Paulino to the Triple-A Round Rock roster.
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