KANSAS CITY -- A month after the Tigers added Mike Belfiore to their stockpile of lefty relief candidates, they dropped him from their 40-man roster. Detroit outrighted the 25-year-old's contract to Triple-A Toledo to make room for the Joel Hanrahan signing.
The Tigers claimed Belfiore off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on April 3. He has gotten off to a rough start at Toledo, allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits with 14 walks and nine strikeouts over 11 2/3 innings.
Considering Belfiore had to go unclaimed by most other American League teams before the Tigers' waiver spot came up, the fact that he cleared waivers to be outrighted did not come as a surprise. Before the Hanrahan signing, Belfiore was expected to be a candidate next week to make room for Robbie Ray on the 40-man roster.
Instead, the Tigers will have to remove another player to make room for Ray when he makes his Major League debut on Tuesday.
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