The Tigers purchased the contracts of Chad Durbin and Mike Rabelo today. They had one spot open on the 40 man roster, and to free up the other spot Colby Lewis was designated for assignment.
Durbin is a 28 year old right hander coming off an excellent season for Toledo. He posted a 3.11 ERA and fanned 149 against 46 walks in 185 innings.
Mike Rabelo is 26 and posted a 779 OPS between Erie and Toledo. He would most likely become the backup catcher in the event that Ivan Rodriguez or Vance Wilson were to become injured in the postseason.
Because both players were in the organization on August 31st, they could both be placed on the playoff roster as an injury replacement.