Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Thomas Up, Kelly Down

According to Jason Beck, via Twitter, the Tigers have recalled Clete Thomas and designated Donnie Kelly for assignment. Thomas did well in his stint with Toledo batting .341 with 10 doubles and 11 stolen bases in 88 at bats. Kelly got off to a fast start with the Tigers but has just two hits in his last 24 at bats and is down to .250/.308/.354 overall.

Thomas is not coming up to sit on the bench. Clete should be replacing magglio Ordonez in right against right-handed starters. Hopefully, Jim Leyland will keep Ryan Raburn and Marcus Thames in the line-up against most pitchers, at least until they go into a slump. There is no good reason for Ordonez to be getting more playing time than any of those three right now.

You never know about Leyland and his line-ups but I doubt we'll see a repeat of Thomas in the third spot. Ultimately, he may be a leadoff man but right now I can see him batting seventh in place of Magglio.

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