DETROIT -- After being designated for assignment to clear space for Delmon Young, who was reactivated from Major League Baseball's restricted list Friday, Brad Eldred cleared waivers Saturday and the Tigers outrighted his contract to Triple-A Toledo.
Edlred appeared in five games with the Tigers, batting .188 (3-for-16) with a double, a triple and an RBI. Manager Jim Leyland said Eldred would be given the opportunity to claim the designated-hitter role after hitting 13 home runs in 20 games with the Mud Hens.
However, the power numbers didn't translate to the big leagues for the 31-year-old, who has spent the majority of his 10-year career in the Minors.
"I think he actually did OK up here," Leyland said. "He didn't tear it up by any means, don't get me wrong. [But] he didn't embarrass himself. He did all right. It's a little tougher up here."
The Tigers chose to cut Eldred over Danny Worth, who was called up last Saturday when Young was placed on the restricted list. Leyland said he kept Worth because of his ability to play numerous positions.
"With Danny, as opposed to a guy like Eldred, you're more versatile," Leyland said Friday. "I can pinch-run him late in the game if I want to. I can do some things. In all fairness to Eldred, when we get Danny, we become a little more athletic -- not that Eldred isn't, because he runs really good for a big guy. But I'm talking about playing the field, maneuvering around late in the game and stuff."