Lakeland, Fla. — There were thoughts for a few sustained moments during spring camp that Matt Boyd might make the Tigers starting rotation ahead of Opening Day at Miami.
But when it came time to decide what would be best for a left-handed pitcher and for his team, Boyd on Wednesday was optioned to Triple A and will begin the season next week with Toledo.
“I can’t control where I pitch, but I can control how I pitch,” Boyd said as he left the Tigers clubhouse Wednesday. “I’m taking it good. I know I’m gonna start in the major leagues for a long time.”
Ausmus, in fact, made it clear to Boyd, 25, and a left-hander whom the Tigers got in last July’s trade that sent David Price to Toronto, that he and the Tigers expect Boyd back in Detroit, as a starter.
He had a 4.24 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in five Grapefruit League games spanning 17 innings. He allowed 19 hits, walked three batters and struck out five.
His heavy task at Toledo will be sharpening a slider he added this season to a repertoire that needed an extra pitch.
“It’s just a matter of refining everything,” Boyd said. “I was having a lot of success (with the slider). I’ll keep throwing it and trying to improve overall.”
Holaday heads home
The Tigers said goodbye Tuesday to a clubhouse favorite, Bryan Holaday, who was sent to the Rangers in a deal that brought Triple A catcher Bobby Wilson and Double A pitching prospect Myles Jaye to the Tigers.
Holaday was out of minor-league options and would have been lost on waivers had the Tigers not traded him, which was the reality after they signed switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
Holaday is from the Dallas area and played at TCU.
“He’s gonna get to go home,” said Saltalamacchia, who played for the Rangers earlier in his career.
“I think Texas has got a real good catcher. He’ll be able to help out a young guy there (starter Robinson Chirinos).”