Tigers will purchase contract of Quintin Berry from Toledo on Wednesday. Collin Balester will be designated for assignment on Wednesday.— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) May 23, 2012
The 25-year-old reliever Balester had a 6.50 ERA in 11 games with 11 walks in 18 innings. Balester was acquired during the offseason for 25-year-old Ryan Perry, who has a 10.80 ERA in six-plus innings with the Nationals this season.
As for Berry, he's a 27-year-old outfielder currently hitting .275/.365/.689 for the Mud Hens. Jim Leyland says he likes his speed (he has 19 steals in AAA) and defense, two of the three major things that the Tigers are missing with Austin Jackson out with an abdominal strain. Berry is expected to start in center on Wednesday, which would indicate that Jackson is not as close to returning as we may have thought.