Detroit Tigers release right-hander Zack Godley

Just three days after pitching two scoreless innings in an intrasquad game, Detroit Tigers right-hander Zack Godley has been released.
The team announced the move Monday morning. Manager Ron Gardenhire hopes the early decision gives Godley, 30, enough time to land with a new ballclub. The regular season begins July 23 with a pair of games before Detroit and the rest of the teams start July 24.
“We’ve got young men lined up here, we’ve got lots of options here,” Gardenhire said. “We’re trying to put together a pen and all those things, and we just wanted to make sure he had an opportunity.”
Godley had an opt-out clause set for three days before Opening Day.
The former Tennessee pitcher was in competition with rising star Casey Mize, 32-year-old left-hander Hector Santiago, 25-year-old lefty Tyler Alexander, 30-year-old Nick Ramirez and even former American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer to make the team.
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The bullpen, as Gardenhire alluded, is going to be jam-packed with options this season, leaving Godley on the outside looking in. Fringe bullpen pitchers ahead of him could include Alexander, Ramirez, Bryan Garcia, David McKay, Jose Cisnero, Shao-Ching Chiang, Gregory Soto and sidearm pitcher Nolan Blackwood.
“I like the kid,” Gardenhire said about Godley, a five-year MLB player, mostly with the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I was with him out in Arizona. From what we saw, it’d take a little time for him.”
For the Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue jays in 2019, Godley pitched in 92 innings across 33 games (nine starts). He had a 5.97 ERA with 70 strikeouts, 42 walks and two saves.
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In December, Godley signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers.
This spring, he pitched 4⅓ innings across five games, giving up five runs on four hits and eight walks. He struck out five of the 25 hitters he faced.
“We’re just going to go a different route,” Gardenhire said.