Tigers Moves: Marte, Worth, Ortega and Downs

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 24: Danny Worth #29 of the Detroit Tigers fields a ground ball against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the interleague game on June 24, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers have optioned infielder Danny Worth and right-hander Luis Marte to Triple-A, the team announced.

In corresponding roster moves, the Tigers recalled right-hander Jose Ortega and purchased the contract of left-hander Darin Downs.

Worth, 26, played in 30 games for the Tigers this season. Over his 55 at-bats, he hit at a clip of .182/.270/.200 with a single extra-base hit and two RBIs. Worth manned second base during his time with Detroit.

Marte , 25, appeared in nine games for the Tigers, posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.71 and 1.353 over his 17 innings with 7.4 SO/9 and 3.7 BB/9.

Ortega made his major league debut with the Tigers earlier this season. The 23-year-old appeared in only one game with the club, giving up two hits while recording one out. Over his 30 appearances spanning 38 1/3 innings with the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate, he has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 4.23 and 1.774 with 11.3 SO/9 and a whopping 8.0 BB/9.

Downs, 27, has a 2.15 ERA and 1.125 WHIP over his 29 1/3 innings with Detroit’s Triple-A club with 10.1 SO/9 and 2.5 BB/9.

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Will the Tigers address their second base situation this summer?

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