We have reviewed the Tigers' needs, and possible candidates for a September summons. Let's take a look at the Tigers' recent September call-ups to manage our expectations.
In 2013 the Tigers recalled five players and purchased the contract of one in the first three days of September. Jhonny Peralta was reinstated in late September.
Nick Castellanos made his debut on September 1, 2013. He played in 11 games though only started in four, hitting .278 with no walks or extra-base hits.
Evan Reed returned to Detroit in September to resume his losing streak of sorts. His first ten appearances of 2013 were in losses, broken in the end of July with consecutive appearances in 10 run victories. September was four more appearances, allowing five runs in five-and-a-third innings, and all losses for the Tigers.
Danny Worth made his only trip to Detroit last year in September, finding his way into three games in the first week. After creating three outs in only two plate appearances, his season was over.
Jeremy Bonderman was a memorable spare part in late 2013, promoted first in early August and returning on September 3. He allowed eight runs in two short September appearances.
Jose Alvarez pitched in Detroit last August, was returned to Toledo, and then recalled in September. He pitched exclusively in relief in his first five September games, auditioning for a postseason bullpen spot. His last appearance was a start in Miami as the Tigers coasted into October.
Bryan Holaday appeared for Detroit in eight August games, returned to Toledo, and was recalled on September 3. Holaday was used exclusively as a late-inning defensive replacement in four September games.
Luke Putkonen was called up August 29 and appeared in eight September games, though only two wins.
Hernan Perez was recalled on August 31 last year to be eligible for the postseason. He was used mainly as a pinch runner and defensive replacement in 12 September games.
After 26 games in the first half, Darin Downs reappeared on the mound for three games in late September. He allowed only a walk in two-and-a-third innings of relief.
In 2012, the Tigers called up five players who were on the 40 man roster: Bryan Holaday, Al Alburquerque, Danny Worth, Luke Putkonen, and Luis Marte. They purchased the contract of Don Kelly, who had been designated for assignment and outrighted to the minors, and they activated Ryan Raburn from the disabled list. That's a grand total of seven players added to the roster.
In 2011, Detroit called up six players and activated two. In 2010, they called up just three players. In 2009, they called up nine players and activated one from the disabled list. The Tigers were in a pennant race each of those seasons with the exception of 2010.
Given the tight pennant race, the holes to fill, and the players in the upper minors, we can expect the Tigers to be calling up more players this season. Watch for moves in the last few days of August as well, with eligibility for the playoff roster in mind.