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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tigers place Raburn on bereavement list, recall Worth

Ryan Raburn won't be with the Tigers for the series in Cleveland, as the club placed him on the bereavement list Tuesday, and recalled Danny Worth from Triple-A Toledo to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

The bereavement list is used when a player needs to attend to a serious illness or death in the family and, by MLB rules, requires a minimum stay of three games, and a maximum of seven. [Update: per published reports, Raburn was with his family following the death of his grandmother.]

Replacing Raburn with a reserve infielder is a no-brainer move, as Ramon Santiago will have to be the primary starter at second base in Raburn's absence. It will, however, leave the Tigers with just four players capable of playing the outfield, if Austin Jackson is not yet ready to return to duty, further limiting the roster flexibility for late-game defensive substitutions.

Off the field, this is one of those reminders that players are not, in fact, robots, but rather humans who may be dealing with something in their lives that none of us know about.


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