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Tigers demote longtime regular Ryan Raburn to Triple-A

May 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ryan Raburn is 31 years old with 1,632 plate appearances and a .750 OPS in the majors, but a brutal start this season has him back at Triple-A.

Detroit decided it had seen enough after Raburn hit just .146 with an ugly 35/8 K/BB ratio in 37 games split between second base and the outfield, demoting the veteran making $2.1 million this season.

Manager Jim Leyland stressed to Jason Beck of MLB.com that “this is not a punishment” for Raburn and added that “we have to try to get him going.”

Beck reports that Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth will likely share second base duties in Raburn’s absence and the Tigers called up journeyman catcher Omir Santos from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.

This isn’t the first time Raburn’s slow start has led to the Tigers sending him to the minors, and in the past he’s generally responded well to the temporary demotions. Or as Raburn put it: “It’s just a matter of getting it going and getting back.”

  1. hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    It’s just amazing how little production my Tigers have received from our 2nd basemen thus year

    • biasedhomer - May 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM

      Should have kept Will Rhymes, he is a decent back up

      • frank433 - May 30, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        All the Tigers have at second are backups. Need a starter.

  2. dawgpoundmember - May 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    first inge? now raburn? cmon tigers how do you expect to start playing good wiffleball when you dont keep these guys on the mlb roster

  3. seeinred87 - May 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I have faith that Raburn will get it going in the second half. It’s just how he rolls.

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