DETROIT -- The fans at Comerica Park for Saturday night's matchup between the Tigers and White Sox were close to seeing outfielder/second baseman Ryan Raburn back in the Tigers' starting lineup for the first time since July 29.
Raburn returned Saturday as one of the team's September callups and given his recent success with Triple-A Toledo, where he hit three home runs in the span of four games, and his experience (5-for-20) against lefty Francisco Liriano, manager Jim Leyland nearly penciled him in.
What stopped Leyland was a a right quad injury Raburn experienced rounding third base and scoring a run for the Mud Hens a couple of nights ago.
"Had Raburn been 100 percent, he's hit four, five home runs down there, he's hit left-handed pitching real good, he would've been an option tonight," Leyland said. "But he's not an option as we speak because the quad's still sore."
Raburn was back in the clubhouse Saturday. The 31-year-old went from raking in the Minors and gaining confidence for another shot with the Tigers to being put on rest and receiving treatment.
"It seems like it never ends right now," Raburn said. "I was feeling good, getting some results and feeling good about myself and then [the quad] wants to do that. It's just been frustrating this whole year pretty much."
Raburn said he would test out the quad prior to Saturday's game in hopes he could be available for Sunday's series finale. He is 2-for-8 against left-hander Chris Sale, Sunday's White Sox starter, in his career and both of those hits went for extra bases -- a double and home run -- so it's very possible, if healthy, he'll be in there Sunday.