Tigers Recall Ryan Raburn

Following last night’s 4-1 loss to the Dodgers in L.A., the Detroit Tigers made a roster move recalling utilityman Ryan Raburn from AAA Toledo and optioning OF Casper Wells to the MudHens.

Raburn, who was sent out 10 days ago, was pounding the ball in AAA. In the minors because the Tigers had needed an extra arm, Raburn batted .444 (12-for-27) while on assignment including two doubles and two runs batted in.

The fact that he spent only the minimum amount of time in Toledo means that he has yet to burn his final option year. A player must spend at least 20 days in the minor leagues in order to technically use an option.

Wells played in two games for Detroit over the past week, going 2-for-9 with a double and two RBI. The Tigers had originally planned to keep him up for only two games, but that became a week when Scott Sizemore and Max Scherzer were sent out instead last Saturday.

Raburn will likely join the mix of players filling in at second base until Carlos Guillen makes his return to action, likely next weekend. He would join Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth in handling those duties, but could see some time in the outfield as well.

His versatility should come in handy during Interleague Play, when the Tigers are more likely to make moves during the game, thanks to the archaic lack of a designated hitter in National League parks.

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  • Mark

    The archaic lack of a designated hitter? How about, playing baseball the way the rules were made!

    • http://motorcitybengals.com John Parent

      you mean when batters could continually bunt balls foul without penalty? When spitballs were legal? When fans were standing in the field of play? When there was no racial integration?

      The game has improved with rules changes. It’s time to get with the modern game and avoid the silly injuries that happen to pitchers on the bases. Not to mention the lack of offensive production that comes from the pitchers.

      There is a much longer, more detailed argument to be made for having uniform rules, and I agree, but those rules should preclude the pitcher from batting, in either league.

    • Bob

      I remember a time when Tiger pitcher Earl Wilson was sometimes summoned to pinch hit, and he actually delivered once in a while. I believe there was one season where he hit around 8 home runs. He was a better hitter than the guy that preceded him in the lineup, Ray Oyler. All in all though, I don’t want to go back to the pre-DH rules. The National league should just get over themselves, start swinging with the times, and adopt the DH.