Raburn's sprained thumb steadily improving

Raburn's sprained thumb steadily improving

Raburn's sprained thumb steadily improving
MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Ryan Raburn is steadily progressing in his rehab from a right thumb sprain, Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said.

Raburn, who is hitting .172 in 63 games, is in Lakeland, Fla., continuing to work toward his return. Rand said on Monday that Raburn's thumb has improved.

"We started to do a little swinging -- gripping the bat," Rand said. "Not hitting, basically just working on gripping, dry swinging."

Raburn was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 5, retroactive to Aug. 1. He suffered the injury during the team's road series in Cleveland July 24-26, but Detroit initially didn't expect it to be enough to keep Raburn out.