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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Tigers call up handful of veterans with expanded Sept. roster

If the reports out of Toledo are true, the Tigers have indeed called up a handful of guys — most of them veterans, all of them useful — with the expansions of rosters Saturday.

John Wagner of the Toledo Blade, the Mud Hens beat writer, reported Saturday afternoon that the Tigers were calling up Ryan Raburn, Danny Worth, Luis Marte, Bryan Holaday, Don Kelly and Al Alburquerque.

None of the six are strangers to the club.

[UPDATED: All additions were confirmed by the Tigers.]

Kelly, Raburn and Worth all came north with the big-league team out of spring training, while Marte would have, if not for a hamstring injury in the final exhibition game. Holaday spent some time with the club as a fill-in catcher after making his big-league debut on June 6.

Alburquerque was last year's Tigers rookie of the year, but has missed this entire season to date after offseason elbow surgery. He and Marte will give the Tigers additional right-handed arms to bring out of the bullpen. General manager Dave Dombrowski called the addition of Alburquerque "like making a big trade acquisition."

The Tigers already brought up rookie outfielder Avisail Garcia on Friday.

Holaday gives the Tigers a much-needed third catcher to allow more flexibility in pinch-hitting for either of the two catchers already on the roster, Alex Avila and Gerald Laird.

Designated for assignment on Aug. 3, Kelly gives the Tigers a true utility guy they've lacked since then. Off the 40-man roster since then, Kelly took the spot vacated when the Tigers designated Jeff Baker for assignment Friday, before trading him to the Braves.

Worth and Raburn both give the Tigers a couple extra right-handed bats with positional flexibility. Worth can play any position on the infield, while Raburn can play second, third and the outfield. Worht has been up and down with the team all season, while Raburn was in Toledo on a rehab assignment after spending time on the disabled list to heal up a sprained thumb.


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