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Tigers Jeff Baker Designated For Assignment

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 22: Jeff Baker #18 of the Detroit Tigers swings and breaks his bat during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 22: Jeff Baker #18 of the Detroit Tigers swings and breaks his bat during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Comerica Park on August 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have cut outfielder Jeff Baker to make room for minor league outfielder Avisail Garcia.

Baker was designated for assignment Friday and Garcia was recalled from Double-A Erie.

The Tigers have 10 days to trade, release or send Baker outright to the minors. He was acquired him from the Chicago Cubs for two minor leaguers to be named less than a month ago. Baker hit just .200 in 15 games with four RBIs.

The Tigers say Garcia is a talented player they decided was worth putting on the roster now to have him on the team if they make the playoffs. The 21-year-old outfielder from Venezuela hit .312 in 55 games at Erie and is expected to play Saturday night against the Chicago White Sox.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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