CINCINNATI -- Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta was placed on Major League Baseball's paternity leave list Saturday so that he could be with his wife, who's due to give birth to twins.
Peralta didn't have far to go, since he and his wife make their home in Cleveland for much of the year. So Peralta won't have far to travel to rejoin the team, but there's no timetable on that.
With Peralta out, the Tigers were down to Ramon Santiago and Danny Worth in the middle infield, with Matt Young a potential substitute at second base. Santiago started at shortstop Saturday, with Worth at second.
The paternity leave list allows a player to be replaced on the roster for up to three days. The Tigers' problem was that they only have two other middle infielders on their 40-man roster not currently with the big club. Ryan Raburn is one, and he's out with a hamstring injury. Thus, Detroit called up second-base prospect Hernan Perez from Class A Lakeland.