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.