March 16, 2012; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers outfielder Clete Thomas (36) at bat in the first inning against the New York Mets during a spring training game at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Tigers designate Clete Thomas for assignment to make room for Drew Smyly
Detroit Tigers will designate the contract of Clete Thomas for assignment to make room for Drew Smyly.— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) April 11, 2012
Thomas made the opening day roster as a utility outfielder but didn't expect to see much playing time. After being designated for assignment, Thomas' time with the Tigers is likely finished.
Smyly is a 22-year old lefty drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2010 MLB Draft. He earned the fifth spot in the Tigers rotation with a solid showing in the spring. Smyly began last season in Single-A Lakeland before moving up to Double-A Erie, registering a 4-3 record with an ERA of 1.18.