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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Raburn goes on DL with sprained thumb; Worth back up again

At this point, no GPS is necessary.

Danny Worth has yo-yoed back and forth between the Detroit Tigers’ parent club and Triple-A affiliate in Toledo that he knows the driving route by heart ... even if he’s forgotten how many times he’s made the trip this season.

“Is it five now?” he asked, as he walked back into the Tigers clubhouse Sunday morning, after getting a midnight phone call he was returning to the big leagues, replacing the disabled list-bound Ryan Raburn on the active roster.

Raburn was placed on the 15-day DL on Sunday morning with a sprained right thumb. The move was made retroactive to Aug. 1, the day after Raburn’s last game action. He pinch-hit in the sixth inning of the Tigers’ rain-shortened, six-inning loss in Boston on Tuesday.

For Worth, it’s another chance at the big-league level. When he was optioned out the last time, on July 24, he tweeted: “In honor of getting optioned down for the 11th time (I think?) of my career, I shall buy a sweet ... electric guitar. #cheermeuptweet.”

So is it still a surprise, every time Worth gets the call?

“Uh, yeah, it’s nice. But I don’t know if I’m coming up, so yeah, it’s surprising all the time,” the 26-year-old infielder said, denying that the up-and-down trips have been frustrating. “No, it’s just playing. Just take what they give me, and keep on trying to improve. Hopefully, it’ll be on a full-time basis in the future sometime.”

How long he stays this time may depend on how long Raburn’s out.

Hitting just .172 for the season, Raburn had started just twice in the last 15 days, and played in four games total. He sat for a five-game span, including the three-game series in Cleveland where manager Jim Leyland said he originally hurt it.

“Thought it was going to be fine, but it’s not,” Leyland said.


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