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Tigers Call Up Omir Santos To Take Ryan Raburn's Roster Spot

The Detroit Tigers sent Ryan Raburn down to Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, as he has struggled mightily at the plate. Jim Leyland gave him as many opportunities as possible, but ultimately decided that he should be demoted. His replacement wasn't immediately announced. On Wednesday, Brian Britten Tweeted who would be called up:

It's worth noting because the Tigers still have something of a hole at second base. It was already noted that they wouldn't call up a second baseman, but it's still significant. It's also worth noting due to the fact that the Tigers have a very solid catcher in Alex Avila, who is batting .239 in 40 games this year.

More than that, Gerald Laird is already on the roster as Avila's backup and is patting .316 in 16 games with only two strikeouts to his name. This could mean that the Tigers are actively looking for a second baseman, as Danny Worth and Ramon Santiago are currently splitting starts there. So the promotion of Santos could be a temporary measure so as not to waste a spot on the roster.

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