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Tigers cut 4 pitchers: Lobstein, Zeid, Wilson, Cabrera

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Kyle Lobstein

Lakeland, Fla. – The Tigers reduced their roster to 39 Tuesday, sending out four pitchers.

Left-hander Kyle Lobstein and right-handers Josh Zeid and Alex Wilson were assigned to Triple-A Toledo.

Right-hander Alberto Cabrera was sent to the minor league camp.

Lobstein, essentially the Tigers' No. 6 starter, was ticketed for Toledo's rotation all along. He made four starts this spring and uncharacteristically struggled with his control. He walked six in 10 innings.

Wilson and Zeid were fighting for one of the final bullpen spots, but there odds of making the Opening Day roster were all but vanquished when the Tigers re-signed Joba Chamberlain.

Zeid mostly pitched well this spring. Wilson, however, got out of whack mechanically and struggled.

Cabrera, who has a strong arm, will most likely start the season in Double-A.

The right-handed bullpen arms might be set – Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Chamberlain, Bruce Rondon and Al Alburquerque -- though Buck Farmer and Angel Nesbitt are still in the hunt.

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