SEATTLE -- Roman Colon, a right-hand pitcher who spent some time on the Tigers roster over the past two seasons, was traded on Friday to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be determined by Oct. 15. His fate might have been sealed when he was involved in a June incident in which he fought with his teammates. Colon had offseason neck surgery and was on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo when the altercation took place. Colon was mixing it up with a teammate, when pitcher Jason Karnuth tried to break it up. Karnuth suffered facial injuries from a punch and had to undergo plastic surgery in which screws were inserted into broken bones.
Colon apologized to Karnuth and the club for the fight. The Tigers suspended Colon for seven days and he was later charged with felonious assault. Colon appeared in 20 games last season for the Tigers. He was 2-0 with a 4.89 ERA. He gave up 46 hits and 21 earned runs with 25 strikeouts and 14 walks in 38 2/3 innings. The Tigers originally acquired Colon and pitcher Zach Miner in a July 2005 trade with Atlanta in exchange for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. A rare start: Ryan Raburn, called up from Toledo on July 5, made his first start for the Tigers on Friday, playing center field and leading off. The move was made because the Tigers faced a left-hander, Jarrod Washburn. Regular starter Curtis Granderson got a rest. "It's about time," Raburn joked. "It's why I came up here." He said Safeco Field is a big outfield, but he could handle it.
"I don't believe I have the best feet," he added, "but I get a pretty good reads on balls."Raburn, the Tigers' fifth-round selection in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, was hitting .292 with 17 home runs, 21 doubles, 64 RBIs, 60 runs scored and 12 steals for the Mud Hens. He came up in September 2004 and played in 12 games. This was his first start since the final game of the 2004 season. Polanco sits: Second baseman Placido Polanco sat out for a second straight game on Friday because of a nagging lat muscle in his back. Manager Jim Leyland knew from his first conversation before the game that Polanco wasn't ready to play. "He told me, 'It feels better today.' That's a telltale sign that he's not right," Leyland said. "When he's ready, he'll say, 'I feel good, Skip.' I assume he'll be ready tomorrow." Mud Hen news flash: The Toledo Mud Hens announced on Friday that Mike Rojas would remain the team's manager throughout the rest of the season. Rojas had been serving as the team's interim manager while manager Larry Parrish recovered from ankle surgery he underwent on April 4. Parrish will resume managerial duties next season while Rojas will continue his role as the Tigers' roving catching coordinator. "It's exciting," Rojas said. "Under the circumstances, [Parrish] is the manager for next year, and I got to respect that very highly. For him to accept that also is very humbling, and I'm really excited to finish off the season with these guys." The Mud Hens have won back-to-back International League titles under Parrish. The team currently has the best record (53-39) in the International League this season under Rojas. "It's been kinda crazy, because none of us have known what's gonna happen," said second baseman Kevin Hooper, who has spent the last three years in Toledo. "[Parrish] has had us the last two years when we've won the whole thing. Kind of a tough situation for both of them, I guess. Everything's been going good, everyone has been meshing fine." Tigers log: Leyland was pleased for the Mariners that they reached an agreement for a five-year contract extension with Ichiro Suzuki. "He absolutely is a superstar," said Leyland, who managed Ichiro in the All-Star Game in which he was selected the MVP. "More power to him. He puts people in the ballpark, and to me, that's a superstar. Mark Fidrych was a superstar. He didn't last long, but he was a superstar." ... Granderson's double on Thursday gave him 50 extra-base hits (25 doubles, 12 home runs, 13 triples) from the leadoff spot this season. On deck: Veteran lefty Kenny Rogers (3-0, 1.04 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday night at 10:05 ET in the third game of the four-game series with the Mariners. Miguel Batista (8-7, 4.54) will take the hill for Seattle.
Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.