March 10, 2011; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Avisail Garcia (33) slides in safely past Washington Nationals second baseman Andres Blanco (13) for a double during the bottom of the eighth inning of a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Tigers are getting a head start on their Sept. 1 call-ups by adding Avisail Garcia and Al Alburquerque to their roster.
The Detroit Tigers are getting a head start on their September 1st call-ups by adding Double-A outfielder Avisail Garcia and right-handed reliever Al Alburquerque to their roster as they try to capture their second straight AL Central championship.
The 25-year-old Garcia, who spent the first half of the year in High-A Lakeland and jumped to Double-A Erie around the All-Star break is a highly-touted Tigers prospect who could see at-bats in the outfield or at designated hitter. He posted a .312/.345/.465 line in 55 games in Erie.
Alburquerque, who has spent most of the 2012 season on the 60-Day DL rehabbing from offseason elbow surgery, was expected to be added to the Tigers' roster once he was healthy. On a rehab assignment in Toledo, he posted 2.08 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 15.58 K/9, and 2.62 FIP in 8 2/3 inning, and could bolster a Tigers' bullpen that could use some help down the stretch.
There will be several more moves announced later Friday night as MLB rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.