1B Shakeup; Shelton Down, Trade for Casey

Chris Shelton had a monster April, but had slowed mightily since, hitting just 6 home runs since April, and overswinging in many instances. The Tigers decided they needed more production from first, and so on Monday, the Tigers optioned Chris Shelton to Toledo, and traded for Pittsburgh first baseman Sean Casey.

Chris Shelton had a monster April and tied an AL record for hitting 9 home runs in his first 13 games. But from that point forward, it's been an uphill battle, as he hasn't been able to straighten out his swing.

Things came to a breaking point this past weekend, when the Tigers decided that they simply needed more production (and possibly better defense) at first.

The Tigers traded for Pittsburgh first baseman Sean Casey. Casey was hitting .296 with 3 home runs in 213 at bats for the Pirates.

In exchange, the Tigers gave up minor league reliever Brian Rogers. Rogers has been excellent for Erie in 2006, posting a 2.39 ERA in 37 appearances. Rogers also struck out 69 while walking just 14 in 64 innings.

The 32-year old first baseman will likely play at first a majority of the time for the Tigers, with Dmitri Young likely also making a few starts there. Casey is known for his defense and for always hitting for a solid average.

Shelton meanwhile will report to Toledo, where he'll try and get his swing straightened out in hopes of returning to the club for the stretch run.

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