The Tigers have outrighted left handed relief pitcher Mike Belfiore off the 40 man roster to make room for reliever Joel Hanrahan. The Tigers signed Hanrahan, a two time All Star closer, to a one year contract and immediately placed him on the 15 day disabled list, so they don't need to remove a player from the 25 man roster until Hanrahan is activated. He is expected to be ready for action some time in June.
But the Tigers did need to make room on the 40 man roster, and Belfiore is the odd man out. Belfiore is a 24 year old, 6' 3" left handed pitcher, a former first round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks out of Boston College in the first round of the 2009 amateur player draft. He was the player to be named later in the trade that sent Josh Bell to Arizona. He was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on April 3, 2014 and optioned to Toledo. He spent the entire 2013 season and the 2014 season to date at the AAA level.
Belfiore pitched 1.1 innings with Baltimore in 2013, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, walking one and no strikeouts. Two of the hits were home runs, accounting for the two runs.
Belfiore has struggled thus far in Toledo, pitching 11.2 innings, allowing no home runs but walking 14 batters while striking out 9. It's not hard to see why he cleared waivers at this time. A player must clear waivers before being outrighted off the 40 man roster.
Following are his career statistics in the minor leagues, as well as his 2013 and 2014 numbers. The full year by year numbers for Mike Belfiore are at baseball-reference.