DETROIT — Drew Hutchison’s fate was probably sealed no matter how well he pitched on Sunday.
The right-hander was designated for assignment shortly after starting and pitching 4 2/3 innings for the Detroit Tigers in Sunday’s 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers.
MLB clubs must reduce their rosters to 13 pitchers by Monday and Hutchison, a veteran who has already been DFA’d by the Tigers a handful of times over the last two seasons, was the most convenient candidate.
The Tigers plan to use the roster spot to activate Jeimer Candelario from the 10-day injured list when they open a three-game series in Boston against the Red Sox on Monday.
The Tigers will go with a four-man rotation through the end of June — Tarik Skubal, Beau Brieske, Alex Faedo and Rony Garcia — and a nine-man bullpen.
The Tigers, and all MLB teams, will now carry a four-man bench.
Candelario went on the injured list 12 days ago after injuring his shoulder while diving for a ball. He did a brief rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo this weekend.
Candelario was struggling mightily at the plate before his injury, hitting .181 (.555 OPS) with five home runs in 195 plate appearances.
Hutchison could be back in the Tigers system if he clears waivers. Hutchison made the club out of spring training but was DFA’d on May 10. He re-signed with the Tigers on a minor-league deal nine days later.
TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (38)
Players in bold are on the active roster
Left-handed pitchers (6): Tyler Alexander, Andrew ChafinSam Howard, Tarik Skubal, Gregory SotoJoey Wentz.
Right-handed pitchers (14): Beau BrieskeDrew Carlton, Angel De Jesus, Alex Faedo, Jason Foley, Michael Fulmer, Rony Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Alex LangeMatt Manning*, Wily PeraltaMichael Pineda*, Elvin Rodriguez, Will Vest.
Catchers (3): Tucker Barnhart, Eric HaaseAli Sanchez.
Infielders (9): Javier Báez, Miguel CabreraJeimer Candelario*, Harold Castro, Kody ClemensBrendon Davis, Jonathan SchoopZack Short, Spencer Torkelson.
Outfielders (6): Akil Baddoo, Willi Castro, Riley Greene, Robbie GrossmanDerek Hill, Victor Reyes.
* On the 10-day injured list.
Outfielders Daz Cameron and Austin Meadows do not count against the 40-man roster while on the COVID list.
Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez does not earn a salary or count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list.
Catcher Jake Rogers (right elbow sprain); And right-handed pitchers Jose Cisnero (right shoulder sprain), Kyle Funkhouser (right shoulder strain), Casey Mize (right elbow sprain) and Spencer Turnbull (right elbow sprain) are on the 60-day injured list, which removes them from the 40-man roster.