Rhymes was called up on Sunday after Carlos Guillen went on the 15-day disabled list with left wrist soreness and entered Sunday's game as a pinch-runner.
But before he could get acclimated with Detroit again, he was sent back to Toledo.
The resulting situation at second base is one the Tigers had earlier in the season. After trading Scott Sizemore on May 27, Tigers manager Jim Leyland moved Ryan Raburn into the everyday second baseman role. That will once again be the plan, along with Ramon Santiago.
"That's not really an issue," Leyland said of second base. "People are always looking for perfect players. There are very few perfect players. That's a scenario that's OK. Raburn's actually been swinging the bat good. If he gives us a punch at second base, that would be a plus. If you think you're getting [an All-Star defensive player,] you're not. It's just the way it is. I'm willing to accept that."
Raburn is beginning to have his typical second-half surge, hitting .321 since the All-Star break, compared to .248 before the break. He is a career .301 hitter in the months of August, September and October.