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Detroit Tigers Designate Clete Thomas For Assignment

The Detroit Tigers designate Clete Thomas for assignment to make room for Drew Smyly

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
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 will designate outfielder Clete Thomas for assignment, according to Chris Iott of MLive.com.

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.

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