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    Detroit Tigers’ latest moves ‘to learn’ about players for 2022

    The Detroit Tigers are officially preparing for the 2022 season. Manager AJ Hinch’s primary goal — winning every game in 2021 — isn’t changing, but the organization wants to find out more about certain players ahead of spring training in February.

    With MLB rosters expanding Sept. 1 from 26 to 28 players, the Tigers can get looks at fresh faces and offer new opportunities.

    But some decisions, such as releasing slugging first baseman Renato Nunez on Friday, didn’t need to wait until early September. Nunez was designated for assignment Aug. 21 for the second time this season. After clearing waivers Aug. 23, he reported to Triple-A Toledo.

    Just four days later, the Tigers released him.

    “It’s the reality of where we’re at,” Hinch said Friday. “It’s the same thing here in the big leagues. We’re trying to take care of our future decisions.”

    PROSPECTS: How Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene are handling Triple-A — on and off the field

    LIKE VERLANDER: How Tigers rookie Casey Mize is preparing for postseason in 2022

    1234752481.jpg DETROIT, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 18: Renato Nunez #55 of the Detroit Tigers breaks a bat against the Los Angeles Angels during the bottom of the fifth inning at Comerica Park on August 18, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

    Mud Hens manager Tom Prince has used Nunez, Aderlin Rodriguez, top prospect Spencer Torkelson and Kody Clemens at first base this season. The designated hitter spot has been utilized for big leaguers on rehab assignments, as well as opening spots around the infield and outfield for prospects to develop secondary positions.

    Rodriguez and Torkelson can play third base, but Nunez is limited to first base and designated hitter.

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