UPDATE: The news is now official per tonight’s game notes. Sardinha has not been removed from the 25 man roster. The Tigers had an extra spot when they DL’d Willis and they haven’t formally recalled Figaro yet.
Detroit Tiger Tales has the scoop that Dusty Ryan has been called up to join the Tigers. The guess is that this is in place of Dane Sardinha who has been beyond brutal at the plate. This move is probably at least 2 weeks overdue.
Ryan is hitting 259/374/442 for Toledo. He will strike out a lot and his numbers likely won’t look as good in Detroit, but he should still be a substantial offensive upgrade over 097/091/129.
Sardinha is regarded as a good defender, but Ryan is as well despite a spate of wild pitches at the end of last season. Sardinha only threw out 2 of the 10 runners against him this year.
The move may make it easier to rest Laird periodically. One of the reasons for keeping Ryan in the minors was to get him everyday experience. He’s had half a season of that now and should be starting twice a week going forward. Plus, with the emergence of Alex Avila there is less pressure for Ryan to be “the catcher of the future.” Laird probably needs the rest. He’s only had one season as the full time catcher which coincided with his worst offensive season.