Tigers demote Larish to make room for Sheffield

Updated: June 25, 2008, 1:43 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers activated Gary Sheffield from the disabled list Tuesday and put the designated hitter in the lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.


Sheffield responded with a homer in an 8-4 loss to St. Louis.

He was sidelined with an oblique strain on his left side after he was slowed early in the season by a surgically repaired shoulder.

"I felt like my shoulder benefited the most from this," he said.

Sheffield hit just .213 with three homers and 12 RBIs in his first 39 games this season.

To make room on the roster, Detroit sent first baseman Jeff Larish to Triple-A Toledo.

Sheffield hit .154 with two homers and two RBIs in five games at Class A Lakeland during a rehab assignment.

"If he gets rolling, that's a big impact and our lineup is very deep," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That would be a big boost.

"Hopefully, we're getting our slugger back," he said.

The nine-time All-Star has 484 career homers and 1,590 RBIs, one away from tying Andre Dawson for 32nd on baseball's career list. The 39-year-old Sheffield had surgery on his right shoulder during the offseason.

Shortly after losing to St. Louis in 2006 World Series, Detroit made a bold trade, sending right-handed prospects Humberto Sanchez, Kevin Whelan and Anthony Claggett to the New York Yankees for Sheffield. The Tigers gave him a $28 million contract extension through 2009 and promised he wouldn't play first base.

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