Tigers: Brad Eldred Designated on Delmon Young Return

Apr 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (25) forces out Detroit Tigers first baseman Brad Eldred (34) at first during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Tigers have designated Brad Eldred for assignment, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com, to make room for a returning Delmon Young:

As the Tigers say they would, the team activated Young on Friday from MLB’s restricted list, where he had been placed last Saturday following his arrest and arraignment on aggravated harassment charges. He is not expected to start tonight against the White Sox, but he will be available as a right-handed hitter off the bench.

As it turns out, he’ll be the only right-handed power bat available off the bench now that the Tigers have ended their look at Eldred after a week. Detroit designated his contract for assignment to make room for Young on the roster.

Eldred, 31, had a fantastic start at AAA Toledo this season, hitting .388 / .444 / 1.013 (<--seriously) in 20 games and 90 plate appearances. His stint with the big-league club wasn't so hot, though, going just .188 / .235 / .375 over 17 plate appearances.

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