Yesterday I opined that the Tigers weren’t seriously considering Matt Tuiasosopo for a spot on the 25-man roster because they hadn’t yet played him in the outfield (and the outfield is really the only place he could play in the regular season).
How quickly things change.
Tuiasosopo entered today’s game — just one day after blasting a monster homer — in time to see three innings of defensive work in left field.
According to the great radio play-by-play man Dan Dickerson, he’s now “in the mix” to make the team as a right handed hitting outfielder:
We saw Tuiasosopo in LF late in this game…he’s now in mix for RH complement to Dirks in LF after big day yesterday (HR/ double)….
— Dan Dickerson (@Dan_Dickerson) March 15, 2013
The Tigers had been looking for a right handed hitting outfielder to serve in a platoon role all offseason, but the right fit was not found. Tuiasosopo was acquired on a minor league deal and has not been thought to be more than a long shot to make the club. Like Don Kelly, Tuiasosopo would bring the ability to to play both infield and outfield, though my impression is that his defense is, in general, of lower quality than of Kelly.