Kensing earns Tigers’ final roster spot

The Detroit Tigers’ opening day roster is in place after right-hander Logan Kensing made the team with Lendy Castillo sent to minor league camp.

The Tigers have 31 players left in camp, but only have 25 active as six players currently make up their disabled list. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed on Friday that no more changes will be made to the roster, barring any last-minute injuries.

Kensing posted a 2.61 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 10.1 innings during the spring, but his low strikeout rate will see him work predominantly in low-leverage spots.

However, Kensing was relieved to hear the wait to make an opening day roster is now over, but did have some sympathy for the departing Castillo.

“It’s kind of bittersweet,” he told Detroit News. “You have friends, you know. Everybody is here competing but at the end of the day, most of the time it’s not up to you who goes and who doesn’t go.”

The confirmation completes a great recovery by the 33-year-old, who has seen his career derailed by shoulder injuries which have forced him to work his way up the ladder once again.

And in the Detroit Tigers, he believes he has the right call to join the team.

“I know this is a huge baseball family. It’s always fun to play for these kinds of guys,” he added. “They understand the business, the ups and downs, the lifestyle. They came highly recommended, they gave me an opportunity and I am glad I took it.”