The Cult Returns


In a move announced following Tuesday night’s 8-5 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers announced the recall of Clete Thomas.

The outfielder was recalled earlier this season and played well upon his arrival in Detroit. He was unable to sustain his success however, going just 3-29 in June, and was optioned back to Toledo on June 11, with instructions to shorten his swing.

During his second stint with the Mud Hens Thomas performed well, hitting .349 with 10 doubles.

Expect to see Thomas’ name in the lineup Wednesday as the Tigers take on the Royals in the rubber match of the three game series at Comerica Park. “He’s done pretty well” Tigers Manager Jim Leyland told the team’s official website, “The one thing I like about him is he’s an aggressive young player. He’s not timid and I like that.”

For the season, Thomas has hit .237 (27-114) with 4 home runs and 17 RBI in Detroit.

To make room for Thomas, the team also announced that the contract of outfielder Don Kelly was designated for assignment. The 29 year old Kelly played in 19 games for Detroit this season, just his second stint in the major leagues following a brief look in 2007 with Pittsburgh. Kelly hit .250 with three doubles and three RBI in 48 at bats for the Tigers.

Teams will have 48 hours to claim the versatile Kelly, if he goes unclaimed, the Tigers can outright his contract to Toledo.