Placed on Major League Baseball's bereavement list early Tuesday morning, Detroit Tigers utility infielder Ryan Raburn will be unable for action until Friday at the earliest. MLive.com's James Schmehl confirmed that Raburn will be attending to a death in his family and should return at the end of the week.
Leyland confirms Raburn placed on bereavement due to death in family. He will be back Friday.— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) May 22, 2012
Unable to get going offensively this season, Raburn is hitting just .144 with one home run despite playing nearly every day for Leyland's Tigers. Leyland has routinely put his struggling hitter in favorable positions in the order to hopefully spark a hot streak, but nothing has seemed to work. Raburn remains Detroit's primary option at second base however, but could find himself out of a job when the trade deadline rolls around if he can't pick things up at the plate.