Tigers in early talks about callups

Tigers in early talks about callups

DETROIT -- The Tigers have started discussing their list of potential September callups. However, they haven't yet made their final decisions, manager Jim Leyland said on Wednesday.

"We've already talked about it," Leyland said. "A lot of that depends on what goes on down there [down the stretch]. We haven't finalized anything, but we've talked about it."

That might well have been a topic when team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski and coaches met in Leyland's office for a lengthy discussion Sunday morning.

About all that's certain once rosters expand on Sept. 1 is that the Tigers will add a third catcher as well as an extra infielder, two spots they fill in most years. Bryan Holaday is expected to fill the catching opening from Triple-A Toledo, while Danny Worth will most likely return to Detroit yet again.

If Ryan Raburn stays healthy and shows some signs of hitting during his rehab assignment for Toledo, which begins Wednesday night, he's expected to return from the 15-day disabled list in September. After that, the Tigers have to decide how much use they could get out of their top two hitting prospects at Double-A Erie, Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, a matter complicated by the fact that Castellanos just converted from third base to outfield in mid-July.