The Tigers announced that they have designated utility player Don Kelly for assignment. The move creates 25-man roster space for Andy Dirks, who has been recalled from his rehab assignment and reinstated from the disabled list.
Kelly, 32, has appeared in 64 games for the Tigers this year, playing all three outfield positions plus first, second and third. He has a .175/.267/.243 batting line in 116 plate appearances in 2012, but has a career batting line of .231/.282/.345 in five seasons with the Pirates and Tigers. Dirks had been sidelined since May 31 with right achilles tendinitis.