That, too, is a sign of his struggles. It was the fear of another team selecting Lennerton in the Rule 5 Draft that drew the Tigers to protect him on the 40-man roster in the offseason, even though the slugging first baseman's path to the big leagues is blocked by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
Lennerton made an impression in Spring Training before losing that momentum in Toledo. He entered Monday batting .165 (15-for-91) with two doubles, a home run and six RBIs. His 23 walks boost his on-base percentage to .333, but he has also struck out 28 times.
Later Monday, the Tigers opened up a spot on the 25-man roster for Ray by optioning reliever Jose Ortega to Toledo, returning the bullpen to seven pitchers. Ortega hadn't pitched since walking four Twins over 1 1/3 innings in relief of an injured Anibal Sanchez on April 26 at Target Field.
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