Jim Leyland announced after today's game that Marcus Thames will return to the Tigers tomorrow and that Jeff Larish has been optioned to Toledo. I was hoping to see Larish continue to get opportunities but the move makes some sense given that Larish has struggled at the plate over the past week or so and that they face a string of four left-handed starters in four days. Billfer explains why the move is also a bit surprising.
Thames and Ryan Raburn, who has done well lately after a slow start, will likely start all four games against the lefties. When the Tigers face right-handers, they will probably start Clete Thomas and Josh Anderson. Meanwhile, Larish will try to regain his stroke with regular at bats for the MudHens.