Tigers recall Sizemore, send down Fien

Updated: July 21, 2010, 5:42 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers gave Scott Sizemore a chance to be their starting second baseman when the season began and now he's getting an opportunity to help them out at third.

He was recalled from the minors Wednesday, after the Tigers sent the light-hitting rookie to Triple-A Toledo in May. Sizemore is getting another shot in the majors because third baseman Brandon Inge is out four to six weeks with a broken left hand.

Don Kelly got the start for a second straight night in the series finale against the Texas Rangers, but manager Jim Leyland said he will share time with Sizemore, who has been slowed by ankle injuries.

Leyland can play Ryan Raburn and Danny Worth at third base, but insisted none of his options are as good in the field as Inge.

"You're not going to replace Brandon Inge defensively," Leyland said. "If you expect that, you're dreaming. He's one of the best I've ever seen, trust me."

Sizemore hit just .206 with one homer and eight RBIs in his first 30 games with the Tigers. He hit .329 with six homes and 19 RBIs in 41 games after being sent down to play for the Mud Hens.

To make room for Sizemore, the Tigers sent right-hander Casey Fien to Toledo after he had a 10.13 ERA in two games for them.


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