Kansas City, Mo. – The Tigers have begun the September call-up process.
When Major League rosters expand beyond 25 on Tuesday, catcher Bryan Holaday and left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan will be the first promoted from Triple-A Toledo.
Both were on a flight from Detroit to Kansas City on Monday.
There will be more call-ups to follow, though possibly not until after Labor Day. The Mud Hens still have nine games remaining in their season.
Holaday, one of the last and hardest cuts manager Brad Ausmus had to make out of spring training, hit .271 with a home run and 12 RBI in his 16-game stint with the Tigers earlier this season.
He was hitting .224 at Toledo, but his season was interrupted by a thumb injury. Initially it was thought the injury would end his season but he was medically cleared last week.
This will be the fourth call-up for Ryan, who has turned his season around in the month of August. In four August starts, Ryan went 4-0 with a 1.30 ERA. Prior to that, he was 0-9 at Toledo with a 5.26 ERA.
In 10 games with the Tigers, including five starts, he was 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA.