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Tigers Call Up Berry To Play Center

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LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Quintin Berry #66 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Quintin Berry #66 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Tigers will call up outfielder Quintin Berry from Triple-A Toledo to play center field while Austin Jackson is hurting.

Right-hander Collin Ballester will be designated for assignment Wednesday to make roster room for Berry, manager Jim Leyland announced after Detroit’s 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Before the game, Detroit placed infielder-outfielder Ryan Raburn on the bereavement list and called up Danny Worth from Toledo. The team disclosed no further information on Raburn’s family situation. The earliest he can return is Friday against Minnesota.

Jackson has not played since leaving last Wednesday’s game.

“He’s still not available,” Leyland said. “He tried to take some swings, but I could see right away he was doing it gingerly. Right now, it doesn’t look particularly good. He’s not ready.

“We need somebody to play center and Berry will give us a little more speed.”

In 35 games at Toledo, Berry hit .270 with 19 steals in 22 attempts. The 27-year-old will be making his major-league debut.

Raburn was hitting only .144 with one homer and six RBIs in 34 games.

Worth hit .306 with three homers and seven RBIs at Toledo.

Right-hander Luis Marte is making progress. He pitched three scoreless innings Monday for Toledo on a rehab assignment. He has been out since April 4 with a strained left hamstring.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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