Toledo MLN: Lots of Roster Movement

It was a busy week for the Toledo Mud Hens' front office as there were plenty of shake-ups in Detroit that had a big affect on things down in Toledo.

* Outfielder Ryan Raburn was called up by Detroit on April 22. To replace him, the Tigers acquired the contract of outfielder Jason Tyner from the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Raburn was called up after an injury to the Tigers' Marcus Thames.

Tyner, 31, a former first-round draft choice (21st) by the New York Mets, is a career .275 hitter with four different major league clubs. He was a Triple-A all-star with the Rochester Red Wings in 2006, but he was hitting just .095 in nine games with the Nashville Sounds this season. He is now one stolen base shy of 200 during his minor league career.

Tyner is batting .235 (4-for-17) in four games with the Mud Hens, with two runs scored, one triple, one RBI and one stolen base.

* On April 26, right-hander Eddie Bonine was optioned to Toledo from Detroit. Bonine started the next night for the Mud Hens in a 9-6 win over Columbus. Bonine went three innings and gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits, with one strikeout. He had eight ground ball outs.

The Tigers released Hens reliever Scott Williamson on April 26 to clear a roster spot for Bonine.

* Catcher Max St-Pierre joined the Hens on April 27. He was promoted from Double-A Erie, where he hit .200 with a homer and two RBI in four games. The 29-year-old hit .213 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 42 games last season with Toledo. He also played in 78 games for the Mud Hens in 2006.

* Hens catcher Angel Flores was assigned to Single-A West Michigan of the Midwest League on April 27. Flores appeared in one game in Toledo and did not have a plate appearance.

* On Tuesday, left-hander Dontrelle Willis was added to Toledo's roster from Double-A Erie on a rehab assignment.

* The Tigers recalled left-handed reliever Clay Rapada from Toledo on Tuesday and optioned left-handed hitter Jeff Larish to the Mud Hens. The 6-5 Rapada made eight appearances with the Mud Hens and was 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and one save.

* Tigers pitcher Joel Zumaya had a three-game rehab assignment with the Mud Hens. The right-hander threw four innings of relief and gave up three hits and no runs with five strikeouts. Zumaya joined Detroit's active roster prior to last Saturday's game.

DOT, DOT, DOT: First baseman/DH Ryan Roberson extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a fourth-inning single on April 23 against Louisville. The streak was broken one night later when he went 0-for-5 in Toledo's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Bats. He is hitting .258 with five doubles, four runs and seven RBI ...

The Mud Hens have lost seven of their last nine games and have been outscored 68-41 and outhit 116-82 during that stretch ...

The Hens lead the International League with 23 stolen bases (in 28 attempts). The team leader is left fielder Wilkin Ramirez, with six, while Clete Thomas and Brent Clevlen have three stolen bases apiece.

Ramirez was back in the lineup April 27 after missing three games with a thumb injury. He went 1-for-5 and scored a run in the Hens' 9-6 victory over Columbus, then went 4-for-5 with two doubles and one run in a 5-3 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday. Ramirez is batting .313 ...

Toledo (10-9), which trails Louisville by one game in the IL West, opens an eight-game road trip April 30 that takes it to Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket. Those two teams are a combined 18-17 in the IL North. Toledo then hosts Lehigh Valley for four games at Fifth Third Field, followed by another four-game home series against Pawtucket.


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