Tigers activate McCann, trade Bobby Wilson for Chad Bell
Cleveland – The Tigers were busy Tuesday.
Catcher James McCann was activated off the disabled list, which meant Bobby Wilson was likely to be exposed to waivers or designated for assignment.
Instead, the Tigers were able to trade him back to Texas for left-handed pitcher Chad Bell. The 27-year-old Bell was 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA at Triple-A Round Rock. He posted 19 strikeouts in 18 innings.
He was assigned to Toledo.
Wilson will rejoin the Rangers, splitting the catching duties with none other than Bryan Holaday – for whom he was traded before the season.
“I told Bobby we’d re-acquire him in a couple of weeks,” joked manager Brad Ausmus. “He did a nice job for the Detroit Tigers.”
McCann, who was out since April 11 with a sprained right ankle, was in the starting lineup here Tuesday.
“He’s full-go,” Ausmus said.
McCann only produced a couple of his in his rehab stint in Toledo, but Ausmus said that was deceiving.
“I asked Lloyd McClendon (Toledo manager) and he said Mac didn’t get any hits but he was hitting the crap out of the ball,” Ausmus said. “He said he almost hit two balls out of the park last night.”