Reinforcements add depth to bench

Reinforcements add depth to bench

Reinforcements add depth to bench
DETROIT -- The Tigers added utility players Danny Worth, Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly, reliever Luis Marte and catcher Bryan Holaday as September callups on Saturday.

Reliever Al Alburquerque will be called up on Sunday, the first day he's eligible to be recalled from Toledo.

Kelly, who was outrighted to Toledo last month, takes the 40-man roster spot of Jeff Baker, who was designated for assignment on Friday -- and later dealt to Atlanta -- to create a 25-man roster spot for Avisail Garcia, who was called up Friday.

The 40-man roster is now full, and top prospect Nick Castellanos isn't on it. So unless the Tigers designate somebody, Castellanos, the All-Star Futures Game MVP in July but a .193 hitter in August, is not getting called up.

Technically, Raburn isn't a callup. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list. He had been in Toledo on rehab assignment and batted 9-for-29 (.310) with three home runs and nine RBIs. The question now is whether he can translate that to the big leagues.

Raburn said Wednesday that he hasn't done anything different with his swing or his approach since going out on rehab; it's more a matter of being healthy and seeing pitches better. His sprained right thumb also isn't a problem.

Kelly adds another versatile position player, though it remains to be seen how he'll be used if Garcia is going to be a defensive replacement in the outfield. Kelly batted .233 (17-for-73) in 20 games with the Hens.

Marte showed flashes of effectiveness at the deep end of the Detroit bullpen from the end of May through mid-July. The right-hander allowed seven runs on 16 hits over 17 1/3 innings, with seven walks and 14 strikeouts. Three rough outings -- a bad setup appearance on June 10 at Cincinnati, a two-homer 10th inning on June 15 against the Rockies, and a four-walk performance on July 2 against the Twins -- accounted for the bulk of the damage.

Manager Jim Leyland did not rule out the possibility that Detroit will add another player or two once the Minor League season ends after Labor Day.