To say Tigers utility man Ryan Raburn has struggled this season would be putting it nicely. He's played in just 63 games this season and is hitting just .172 in 198 at-bats with a miniscule .483 OPS (on-base plus slugging).
He has not played since July 31 against Boston, and we now have a reason why:
Tigers have placed Raburn on DL retro to 8/1 with right thumb sprain. Worth has been recalled from Toledo.— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) August 5, 2012
Raburn has struggled with injuries throughout his Major League career, as he's missed at least 41 games in each of his five seasons since 2007.
He played in 113 games in both 2009 and 2010 and hit 31 home runs and drove in 107 runs combined during those two seasons, with an OPS above .800 both years.
Raburn played 121 games in 2011 but posted just a .256/.297/.432 slash line with a career-high 114 strikeouts.
Danny Worth, who the Tigers recalled from Triple-A Toledo to replace Raburn, hit .277 with five home runs and six stolen bases (.848 OPS) in 36 games with the Mud Hens this season.