Tigers' fifth-starter role coming down to wire

Tigers' fifth-starter role coming down to wire

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Don't expect a decision on the Tigers fifth-starter job until the end of camp. At this point, manager Jim Leyland is preparing to stretch out both Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly to the end as if they're going to start.

"We'll have six guys basically ready to throw 100 pitches," Leyland said.

That doesn't mean Leyland and Tigers brass haven't discussed the competition. So far, however, that's where it stands.

"It's going to go down to the wire," Leyland said. "We had a big meeting today, obviously, because we sent so many guys out. We had some conversations, but there's absolutely nothing -- nothing -- solved."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.