Daniel Fields headed to Detroit, Davis to paternity leave (updated)
The Tigers are making a roster move Tuesday, albeit a temporary one. Outfielder Rajai Davis is being placed on the paternity leave list to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, MLB.com has learned.
To take his place, the Tigers are calling up Daniel Fields for what will be his first big-league stint. Fields strongly hinted on Twitter at getting the call after Monday night’s game for Triple-A Toledo against Indianapolis, and it was later confirmed by several outlets, including MLB.com and Chris Iott of MLive.com. The Tigers have not yet announced the move.
It’s a first Major League stint for Fields, but he spent a good part of his childhood around Comerica Park. His father, Bruce Fields, spent three seasons as Tigers hitting coach under Alan Trammell, and countless more years in the organization, where he currently serves as the minor league hitting coordinator. Bruce Fields also played for the Tigers in 1986, making Daniel a second generation Tiger.
Daniel Fields was a sixth-round pick in the 2009 Draft by the Tigers, who signed him away from a commitment to the University of Michigan. He was a star athlete at University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He has had speed bumps up the system, but has found his offensive form over the last few years. He’s batting .271 in his second season at Triple-A Toledo with three home runs and 21 RBIs.
Davis said after Sunday night’s loss in Anaheim that he was headed to meet his wife at the hospital once he landed in Detroit. Players can spend one to three days on the paternity leave list.