Walking about the Tigers clubhouse has become easier this week.

Belongings in a row or two of lockers have been removed. And so have some players.

But they will be back. A few of them, anyway.

Nick Castellanos will be playing in Detroit at some point this season — and what a hitter the Tigers are about to introduce to Comerica Park's customers.

But he turned 21 two weeks ago. He needs dedicated time at Triple A Toledo, specifically to work on his new position, left field, which is why he was dispatched Tuesday to the minor league camp along with a handful of others who fans might as well get to know.

Hernan Perez, for example.

Perez was with the team for a few hours last season on one of those roster-problem days when the Tigers needed a quick fill-in player. Keep an eye on Perez as he apprentices this season at Double A Erie.

The Tigers have Omar Infante under contract through this year, which means they could be breaking in a new second baseman when spring camp convenes next February. It would be no surprise if Perez, who turns 22 next week, is announced this autumn as second base's heir.

"One of my and the coaches' favorites," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said as he talked about Perez and others who were transferred to the minor-league clubhouse.

"We think he's gonna be a good big-league player."