Kelly clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

Kelly clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

DETROIT -- Don Kelly might still end up back in a Tigers uniform. The utilityman, designated for assignment last weekend with Andy Dirks' return from the disabled list, cleared waivers and had his contract outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday.

Kelly has enough service time that he can choose to decline the assignment, but confirmed Thursday night that he decided to accept.

Kelly would still have to go through some maneuvering to be eligible for a September callup when rosters expand. He would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which is currently full.

Kelly's versatility could be an appeal for the Tigers down the stretch as an extra player. He clearly can handle sitting for long stretches between playing opportunities, something that can be difficult for younger players who are used to being regulars in the minors.