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Tigers put Marcus Thames on DL, recall Ryan Raburn

Tigers put Marcus Thames on DL, recall Ryan Raburn
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Detroit Tigers outfielder-designated hitter Marcus Thames is expected to be sidelined for more than a month because of a strained ribcage muscle.

Thames was placed on the 15-day disabled list late Tuesday night. He was injured while taking a swing during batting practice before Detroit's 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

Thames was just starting to get back into a groove after recovering from a lower abdominal strain in spring training.

"I don't think Marcus was ever really 100 percent from that other thing, to be honest," manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday. "I just didn't feel like he was finishing his swing, and he never really was in total sync yet."

Thames batted .241 last season with 25 homers and 56 RBIs in 103 games. He was 4-for-18 in his first six games this year, driving in two runs and striking out six times.

"I think he was starting to come around, because he was swinging good yesterday. Then, all of a sudden, bang," Leyland said. "That's a shame, because he's such a good kid and such a big part of our team. I feel bad for him. I mean, he's down in the dumps pretty bad. I also feel bad for me, because he's a pretty big part of our offense."

Tigers trainer Kevin Rand described Thames' injury as a Grade 3 strain, which is the worst kind.

"He felt a pop when he swung," Rand said. "It's the intercostal muscle, as well as the rib and the cartilage. When you get that type of injury, there is bleeding involved. He's got to rest it. Really, at this point, he can't have any activity until this thing totally quiets down. And it'll probably be two to four weeks for it to quiet down. So he's going to be down for a while."

The Tigers reached down to Triple-A Toledo for a replacement and recalled Ryan Raburn, who was set to start in right field against the Angels on Wednesday night, batting eighth. A fifth-round draft pick by Detroit in June 2001, Raburn was on the Tigers' opening-day roster last season. He was one of Leyland's last cuts this spring, losing out to infielder-DH Jeff Larish because the team needed another left-handed bat.

"Raburn should have made the club out of spring training, but we just didn't have room. Now he's going to get a chance. Here it is," Leyland said. "You always tell them when they leave that it usually doesn't end the way it starts. And here we are 13 games into the season, and he's back already. So let's see what he can do. He's going to get to play some. I've always liked him. He can do some things for you, so we'll see. Opportunity is a wonderful thing."

Raburn, who turned 28 last Friday, played parts of three seasons for the Tigers between 2004 and 2008 and batted a combined .255 in 153 games with eight homers and 48 RBIs. He played in 92 games for them last season, hitting .236 with four homers and 20 RBIs while playing all three outfield positions along with second base and third base.

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