Tigers recall Holaday, Ryan as September callups begin
I wrote on the site yesterday on the Tigers’ potential call-ups, starting with Bryan Holaday and Kyle Ryan. Those two moves became official Tuesday, with the pair recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Both moves had been expected. Like a lot of teams, the Tigers have used September call-ups in recent years to add a third catcher, giving them flexibility in case of injury or pinch-hit opportunities. There was some question whether they’d have that chance when Holaday injured his left thumb on a collision at home plate a few weeks ago, but he returned to action late last week.
Holaday served as James McCann’s backup catcher earlier this year while Alex Avila was on the disabled list to strengthen his knee. The 27-year-old batted .271 (13-for-48) with a home run and 12 RBIs before returning to Toledo, where he hit .224 (36-for-161) for the year with two homers and 17 RBIs. With Avila up for free agency this winter, this month could be a lead-in toward Holaday backing up McCann next season, though Detroit could opt for a veteran left-handed hitting catcher to do that if they don’t re-sign Avila.
Ryan gives the highly taxed Tigers bullpen an extra reliever, plus a starting pitching option should Detroit decide to skip Matt Boyd for a turn to watch his innings, or move Buck Farmer back to the bullpen. The soon-to-be 24-year-old owns a 1-2 record and 5.94 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances, having allowed 22 earned runs on 39 hits over 33 1/3 innings with 14 walks and 20 strikeouts. He went 4-9 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts for the Mud Hens.