CLEVELAND -- The Tigers have placed second baseman Ryan Raburn on Major League Baseball's bereavement list, the team announced on Tuesday.
No further details were given on the situation with Raburn and his family. By rule, he will miss the next three days before he's eligible to rejoin the team, and can miss up to seven days while on the bereavement list. Thus, the earliest Raburn can return is Friday's series opener at Minnesota.
To take Raburn's place on the roster, the Tigers recalled infielder Danny Worth, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo last Wednesday to make room for an extra reliever while Jose Valverde was sidelined over the weekend with a lower back strain. Under normal circumstances, the Tigers would've had to wait 10 days to recall Worth, who has played in 12 games during two different stints on the club this year. He's 3-for-17 at the plate this season.
The Tigers weren't in a position to leave Raburn on the active roster and go a position player short. Between Worth's subtraction for an extra reliever and Austin Jackson's abdominal strain that sidelined him last weekend, the Tigers have spent the last four games with just two position players available on their bench, one of them being backup catcher Gerald Laird.
Jackson is day to day, though there's hope that the rest over Monday's off-day might make the difference to get him back on the field for Tuesday's series opener against the Indians at Progressive Field.
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