Detroit — The Tigers, who needed to open spots to protect some of their prospects from the Rule 5 draft, trimmed their 40-man roster to 36 on Wednesday night.
Right-handed pitchers Artie Lewicki and Louis Coleman, first baseman Jim Adduci and infielders Pete Kozma and Harold Castro were placed on waivers. Lewicki, who is expected to miss the 2019 season after Tommy John surgery, was claimed by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
That was the only surprise.
Coleman, Adduci, Kozma and Castro all cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. All four elected free agency.
The Tigers are expected to try to re-sign all four to minor-league deals.
Lewicki made three starts and 10 relief appearances last season before being shut down by the elbow injury. He had a 4.89 ERA, striking out 30 over 38.2 innings. The Tigers expected, because he can’t pitch until 2020, that he would’ve cleared waivers.
Adduci, 33, finished the season as the Tigers regular first baseman, following the injuries to Miguel Cabrera and John Hicks. He hit .267 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.
Coleman, 32, who would have been eligible for arbitration had he stayed on the roster, was 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 51 appearances.
Kozma, 30, had two short stints with the Tigers last season. And Castro, after eight minor-league seasons, was called up for the final two weeks of the season after Jose Iglesias was injured.