When manager Jim Leyland made out his lineup against White Sox righty and Tigers nemesis Gavin Floyd, he went against the batter-versus-pitcher numbers and opted for Brennan Boesch, who is 0-for-17 off Floyd, over Raburn, who's 12-for-37.
More than anything, Leyland wanted to give Boesch a chance to hit one out against a pitcher who has struggled mightily against left-handed batters this season, giving up a .314 average and .936 OPS in 271 at-bats from the left side. He also doesn't believe that Raburn is healthy.
Even if Leyland wanted to play Raburn at this point, he probably wouldn't because of his sore quadriceps, which he injured at the end of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo at the end of August.
"He's getting treated all the time. He's not moving around real good," Leyland said. "He obviously wasn't moving very good in the outfield [on Monday]. He wasn't running very good on the ball Miguel [Cabrera] hit. I think he's still pretty sore. It's still there."
Asked if Raburn could be limited to bench play, Leyland said, "That might be accurate, but I don't want to put the cart before the horse. You don't know."
Raburn's evaluation seemed to suggest that his quad isn't close to improving. It's bad enough, he said, that he's feeling issues in his hamstring and back trying to compensate.
"I think it's probably about as good as it's going to get until an extended period of rest," Raburn said. "It's not absolutely terrible, but I just can't go. I just can't run all the way out. It's just another obstacle I have to try to overcome.
"It's a matter of trying to battle through it and hope it doesn't get any worse. I'll just do what I can do."
If he can't, he'll finish the year with a .171 average, one home run, 14 doubles, 12 RBIs, 53 strikeouts and a .480 OPS. But even if he does get more time, it isn't going to improve the numbers much.
Raburn brushed off the "what now?" mentality, saying that a lot of people have it far worse than he does. But he acknowledged that this year has been a massive disappointment.
His hot Spring Training, he admitted, feels like years ago.
"It seems like this year has been really long," he said, "probably the longest year of my career. But people go through it. It's just a matter of how you deal with it and bounce back. I know there's a lot of good things to come. It's just this year was one of those years. It just never panned out."