Alex Avila to DL; Bryan Holaday, Jose Ortega Called Up by Detroit Tigers

The ’ wheel of minor-league players spun again Wednesday afternoon, with catcher and reliever winning the jackpot and receiving a call-up to the majors.

Holaday will start in his MLB debut Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians, because the Tigers also placed on the 15-day DL with a hamstring injury. , who replaced Avila in Tuesday’s loss, is also dealing with a hamstring issue — should he also land on the DL, another roster move would be necessary.

And that’s the case because Detroit designated catcher for assignment, meaning he’ll be placed on waivers and the Tigers have 10 days to trade him. If he clears waivers (and it would be stunning if he didn’t), Detroit would likely reassign him to their minor-league system, probably AAA Toledo.

Ortega took Santos’ spot on the 25-man roster, adding another arm to the Tigers’ bullpen. Why did Detroit opt for Ortega, who’s walking a batter an inning at Toledo this season and posted a 6-plus ERA in 2010?

It may be because Joaquin Benoit’s sore arm is still bothering him. It also may be because the 25-30 Tigers are now making roster moves like this these days:

Regardless, with Avila on the shelf for at least two weeks, the Tigers are down another starter. As a result, Wednesday’s lineup looks like this:

1. Quintin Berry — CF
2. Ramon Santiago — 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera — 3B
4. Prince Fielder — 1B
5. Delmon Young — DH
6. Brennan Boesch — RF
7. Jhonny Peralta — SS
8. Don Kelly — LF
9. Bryan Holaday — C

It doesn’t quite have the feel of a “long win streak” type of lineup.

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