DETROIT (AP) – Duane Below will make his major league debut Wednesday night when the left-hander takes the mound for Detroit, and the Tigers are sending outfielder Casper Wells to the minors.

Below is set to start for the Tigers against the Oakland Athletics. He’s gone 9-4 with a 3.13 ERA with Triple-A Toledo this season.

The team says Below and reliever Charlie Furbush will be recalled from Toledo on Wednesday. Wells and reliever Adam Wilk were optioned to Toledo following Tuesday night’s win over Oakland.

Manager Jim Leyland says Wells “doesn’t deserve to go down” – but the Tigers needed to make some tough decisions with their outfielders. They instead decided to keep backups Andy Dirks and Don Kelly.

Wells was hitting .257 with four homers for Detroit.

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