DETROIT, March 26 (UPI) -- The Detroit Tigers have made their final roster cuts before Opening Day showing a few surprises.
The Tigers decided to hold onto Neifi Perez as a middle infielder, and also held onto Chad Durbin for the bullpen spot initially planned for a left-hander, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
Durbin pitched well in spring training and most of the team's left handed pitchers were ruled out one by one.
The final cuts came a week before the Tigers' first regular season game, but, when asked how often he's had a team down to its limit this early, general manager Dave Dombrowski said "never."
The Tigers optioned three players to Toledo, sent seven players to minor-league camp for assignment and released left-hander Felix Herida to bring their roster down to 28.
Three players on the disabled list allowed the team to reach the 25-player limit.