Five Potential September Call Ups for the Detroit Tigers

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Jul 24, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson (14) high fives shortstop Hernan Perez (26) after the game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Tigers beat the White Sox 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Reid Compton-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • chrisHannum

    Wouldn’t Al Al need to be on the 25 when rosters expand in order to be postseason eligible?

    • Matt Snyder

      No, because Marte will be on the DL when the season ends, any pitcher in the organization will be eligible for the postseason roster. It’s a loophole-ish rule that is likely the reason they called him up simply to put him on the DL.

      • Damus Fucious

        Not restricted to just a pitcher, but even a batter could replace Marte.