14 June 2012
I’ve seen a lot of overreaction by Tigers fans across the net to Ryan Raburn’s recall from the minor leagues. He hadn’t hit well in Detroit, he hadn’t hit well in Toledo, but many feared that the skipper would automatically pencil him back into the lineup the moment he returned to the locker room.
Hopefully Jim Leyland put some of those fear to rest today when he announced to the press that Raburn wouldn’t be taking over at second base. Chris Iott of MLive has the tweet:
Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth as the primary sharers of second base duties. Both players have made seven starts in June (although four of Santiago’s have been at shortstop, he took over while Jhonny Peralta was on paternity leave), but Danny Worth hasn’t done much with the bat to show that he deserves the spot either. For the season, he’s batting just .196/.288/.216, and the numbers have been even worse since the calendar turned to June (a .443 OPS). Santiago, on the other hand, has a slightly better .208/.286/.302 season line, but has turned it on in late May and June, hitting for a .751 OPS since May 18.
Ryan Raburn will not be the everyday second baseman. Jim Leyland: "He's got to do something." #Tigers— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) June 14, 2012
Second base continues to be a dark spot for the Tigers Santiago and Worth at least bring steady gloves to the position. And for the past month or so, Santiago has actually provided reasonable offense to go with it. The Tigers have said that they “don’t see him as an everyday player”, but he’s been their best option this season, and he probably deserves the bulk of the playing time right now.
Matt Snyder is the editor of The Tigers Den. He can be reached on Twitter @snyder_matthew.