Tigers add Figaro for additional bullpen help
Raburn sent to Triple-A as Detroit faces doubleheader
DETROIT -- The Tigers optioned outfielder Ryan Raburn to Triple-A Toledo and recalled pitcher Alfredo Figaro.
Figaro posted a 4-1 record with a 2.55 ERA in six starts with Toledo this season. Last year, Figaro pitched 17 innings for the Tigers, recording a 2-2 record with 6.35 ERA. He also started three games for the Tigers in 2009. This is Figaro's first call up of the year.
Figaro will be available in the bullpen for both games of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Yankees, which is occurring due to Tuesday's rainout.
Raburn was batting .213, with five RBIs and no home runs in 17 games for the Tigers. He will have to stay in Toledo for a minimum of 10 days, making him eligible to return to the Tigers on May 22, when the team is in the midst of a three-game road series against the Dodgers.
The move leaves Tigers manager Jim Leyland with only three bench players he could utilize in the doubleheader -- Alex Avilia, Don Kelly and Ramon Santiago.
"It's a matter where we were short on pitching," Leyland said. "Hopefully this is a very short stint for Raburn down there. I'm not happy playing a split doubleheader with three extra players, but I have to have pitching."
Leyland also announced several lineup plans for the doubleheader.
Gerald Laird will catch the first game with Rick Porcello on the mound, and Avilia will catch Jeremy Bonderman in the nightcap.
Magglio Ordonez will be the designated hitter in the first game and will move to right field for the second game. Johnny Damon will start in the first game in left field and be the designated hitter in the second game.
Scott Sizemore will not start in the first game, but he'll start at second base in the nightcap.
Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.