The Detroit News' Tom Gage reports tonight the Tigers made their first big round of assignments for positional players.
Outfielders Brennan Boesch, Ryan Strieby and Casper Wells were assigned to the Triple-A Toledo camp. That should provide some pretty exciting nights at Fifth Third Field. Wells was made expendable from the major league roster with the play of Austin Jackson and Ryan Raburn. Boesch and Strieby are just biding time until 25-man roster spots open up, either due to injury or next season.
Shortstop Audy Ciriaco was assigned to Double-A Erie. Thinking out loud, does this mean Detroit will promote Cale Iorg to Triple-A Toledo, even though he really needs to repeat the season in Double-A? I can't imagine Ciriaco would be riding the pine in Erie. Of course Iorg's being advanced to quickly until he stalled completely shouldn't hold up players behind him, either. And where does that leave Brent Dlugach? Second base in Toledo? Maybe third if Don Kelly ends up in Detroit?
It sounds like middle infield in the minors is stacking up as a bit of a mess. But admittedly I haven't spent a lot of time charting out what the minor league rosters might look like, so it's possible I'm completely missing something. Feel free to connect the dots in the comments.