Tigers to recall Dixon Machado from Toledo
The Tigers will recall infielder Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Orioles. He’ll take the place of first baseman Marc Krauss, who will be placed on paternity leave list while he joins his wife at home in nearby Deshler, Ohio, for the birth of their second child, a girl.
It’ll be the second call-up for Machado, who played three games with the Tigers in late May. He started two games at shortstop while Jose Iglesias was injured, going 1-for-7 with a walk and a strikeout. He did not play Thursday night for the Hens after returning from the Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha Wednesday night.
For the season, Machado is batting .272 (87-for-320) for the Mud Hens with 15 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs. He’s also 12-for-12 in stolen bases.
What Krauss’ absence means for first base remains to be seen. It’s possible manager Brad Ausmus will go back to the first-base mix he had before the Tigers acquired Krauss a week and a half ago. Catcher Alex Avila started twice at first base before that, both times against right-handed pitching. The Orioles are scheduled to start three right-handers this weekend, opening with Ubaldo Jimenez Friday night.