Don't expect many September call-ups
A little more than two weeks remain before Major League teams can expand their active rosters from 25 to as many as 40, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland already is aniticipating that they won’t make many additions.
As Leyland put it, the less, the better.
“I don’t think having a bunch of players up that you’re not going to use,” Leyland said.
That’s a change for him from past years, he admits. He used to handle September call-ups as a way to reward a player who worked hard at Triple-A, especially if they were sent down earlier in the year. He still likes that notion, but not if it means the player is going to sit around for a month and barely play.
One exception to that rule would be for a third catcher on the roster. Leyland plans to take advantage of that, allowing him to use Alex Avila as a left-handed bat for pinch-hitting on days when Gerald Laird starts behind the plate.
What that means for other Mud Hens, such as infielders Scott Sizemore and Brent Dlugach, remains to be seen. Same for outfielder Wilkin Ramirez.