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Dusty Ryan Getting the Call

Lee at Tiger Tales has heard from a source close to the Detroit Tigers that catcher Dusty Ryan has been called up from Triple-A Toledo.

No word yet on whether or not Dane Sardinha has been sent down to Toledo, but you would think that's the logical move. However, with Dontrelle Willis placed on the DL yesterday and Alfredo Figaro not being called up until Saturday, the Tigers have an extra roster spot for the day.

This season with the Mud Hens, Ryan has a .259/.374/.442 average with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 175 plate apperances. Sardinha is batting .097/.091/.129 with three RBIs in 34 plate appearances. That kind of performance has surely led Jim Leyland to depend too heavily on Gerald Laird, and it's become pretty apparent that the workload is wearing him down, as his offensive numbers (.215/.315/.308) are steadily deteriorating.

(Hat tip to Billfer, who notified me of the news via instant message)

UPDATE: The Tigers confirmed this transaction in their Official Press Notes.