The Tigers needed infield help as Jose Iglesias missed his second straight game with a contusion to his left knee.
The Tigers have also announced that Brad Farmer, currently with the Mud Hens, will make the start on Thursday against the Angels in Anaheim.
The Tigers have three days to evaluate Machado, the club's No. 10 prospect according to MLB.com, and determine the extent of Iglesias' injury before making a move to bring Farmer on board.
Machado was hitting .274 with a home run and 16 RBIs in 40 games with the Mud Hens.
Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008, Machado spent 2014 between Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie, where he hit .305 in 90 games.
In related news, Miguel Cabrera was given a routine day off, his first of the season.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.