Perez Suspended, Raburn Called Up
Ryan Raburn
Senior Editor
Posted Jul 6, 2007

On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that Tigers infielder Neifi Perez was suspended for 25 games for testing positive for a banned stimulant. To take his place, the Tigers have purchased the contract of Toledo outfielder Ryan Raburn.

Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Neifi Perez would be suspended for the next 25 games, after testing positive for a banned stimulant. Under the new rules for the league's Substance Abuse Policy, a player must have two positive tests before being suspended.

Perez, who was hitting just .172 as the team's utility infielder, will be eligible to return August 4th.

Meanwhile, the Tigers have brought up outfielder Ryan Raburn to take his place on the roster. Raburn, a former infielder, is hitting .292 for the Mud Hens, with 21 doubles, 17 home runs and 64 runs driven in.

Raburn, 26, has been among the league's leaders in every single offensive category all season long. Raburn has been Toledo's everyday centerfielder, and will be expected to back up all three outfield positions. He could also be used at second or third base if the need arose.

Omar Infante will now be the primary backup at second base, third base, and shortstop.

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