Last year the Detroit Tigers essentially called up six players when the rosters expanded last September: Avisail Garcia (he was actually called up at the end of August for reasons of postseason eligibility), Bryan Holaday, Don Kelly, Danny Worth, Al Alburquerque, and Luis Marte. Jim Leyland doesn’t like to call up extra players just to hang around, so we can expect a similar number of potentially useful players to come up this season.
By useful I don’t really mean players that will help the team win so much as players that can increase roster flexibility and help give ailing and/or veteran players a breather down the stretch (particularly Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante). The Tigers look like they’ll be in position to wrap up the division with a week or two to play, so an extra infielder, an extra outfielder, and emergency catcher, a bullpen arm or two are probably all they need.
Here are five guys that stand a good chance of receiving the call when roster expand on September 1.