Raburn back with big club as Smyly hits DL

Raburn back with big club as Smyly hits DL

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Drew Smyly's blister on his left middle finger, at one time a day-to-day injury, landed him on the 15-day disabled list Thursday, as the Tigers recalled second baseman Ryan Raburn from Triple-A Toledo.

The move will allow Raburn, who was in the starting lineup Thursday, to play at Wrigley Field for the first time in his career.

"It's the one place I've always wanted to play," Raburn said. "Growing up, this was my favorite team. Watching Ryne Sandberg playing, that was my favorite player. It's going to be pretty cool for me to get out on that field and, especially, play the same position he played."

Raburn was hitting .194 in eight games for Triple-A Toledp, but finished 2-for-5 with a home run in his last game Tuesday. He said the batting cages flooded in Toledo while he was there, so he wasn't able to get all the cage work that he had hoped for.

"It's always great to be back," Raburn said. "I just hope I'm able to come and help my ballclub win some ballgames. The last game, I felt pretty good. I felt like I was taking some good swings and seeing the ball really well."