The move comes before a June 8th deadline, on which Raburn will have reached his fifth year of MLB service and subsequently earn the right to deny future minor league assignments.
Not much of a fuss was made about the move, if any at all. In fact, MLB Trade Rumors, usually on top of even the most minor of moves, has made no mention about it.
Many baseball fans in Detroit had been calling for the dismissal of Raburn after an historically bad first two months of the season. Raburn struggled to make consistent contact at the plate. In 123 at-bats, he only managed 18 hits, with one home run and seven RBI.
In the past, Raburn has struggled through the first half of the season. But with a scuffling Ramon Santiago as a backup utility infielder (.203 BA), it's likely that the Tigers decided enough was enough.
Raburn's demotion comes in the wake of the Tigers' release of veteran infielder Brandon Inge, who, after having struggled mightily at the plate through nine games, was released outright and later signed by the Oakland Athletics.