When the Tigers made the decision to put Victor Martinez on the disabled list, he was struggling mightily, and the Tigers needed a bat to replace him, and so they turned to Tyler Collins, who while not posting great numbers in Toledo, was hitting the ball hard.
Collins also got big league experience last spring and fall, and provided some power from the left side of the plate.
In 51 at-bats, Collins more than held his own, hitting .275 with a double, two triples, and two home runs, including a pinch hit home run that gave the Tigers the lead in their game in Cincinnati on Wednesday night.
However, according to sources close to the situation, the Tigers notified Collins that he'll be heading back to Toledo, with Martinez ready to return from the disabled list. The Tigers will instead keep utility infielder Josh Wilson (along with Andrew Romine) in Detroit.
The Tigers will certainly be excited about getting V-Mart back after a month absence, but they might miss Collins power and bat presence off the bench.
The move is expected to be made official on Friday.