LAKELAND, Fla. Jeff Kobernus, we hardly knew you.
After Saturday's 10-6 exhibition victory over the New York Yankees, the Tigers announced that they were returning Rule 5 pickup Jeff Kobernus to the Washington Nationals.
"He wasn't going to make our big league club.," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "We did try to make a trade over the last couple days, we were not able to consummate that so they ended up where they decided to take him back."
The Tigers originally acquired Kobernus in the Rule 5 Draft during the winter meetings.
Kobernus, 24, who is a second baseman, was amenable to playing left field or the infield, but other players were ahead of him, according to Dombrowski.
"In fairness, we did ask him to change positions," manager Jim Leyland said. "So obviously that made it probably a little uncomfortable for the guy. But he went out there, he played it in school. I thought he actually did pretty well. Do I think he can play left field? Yeah, I...