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Tigers call up Valencia High grad Worth

Posted: April 20, 2014 9:40 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2014 9:40 p.m.

Valencia High graduate and Detroit Tiger Danny Worth.

 

Valencia High graduate Danny Worth has shown that you can keep a strong-willed person down for only so long.

Worth, who over the last year has battled injuries, demotions and doubt from others, was brought back up to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

In order to make the move, Detroit released veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Worth was passed over to make the big league club out of Spring Training in favor of the 37-year-old Gonzalez, who the Tigers traded for a week before the season began.

However, Gonzalez was   weak defensively and had only five hits in 30 at-bats (a .167 average).

Worth, who has seen action with the Tigers every year since his Major League debut in 2010, has a lot of versatility with his ability to play the middle infield and third base. He’s also nine years younger than Gonzalez and is a reliable defender.

Worth figures to platoon with 28-year-old Andrew Romine at shortstop.

“He can do a lot of things for us,” Tigers President and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said of Worth to MLB.com. “We know him. He hits left-hand pitching well, with Romine over there playing well defensively, and he’s better vs. right-handed pitching. That gives us a nice combination. He runs decently, gives us a nice combination, and he’s a solid defensive player at shortstop, can play second or third, gives us some versatility value. So he’ll get some playing time here, see how he does.”

The clock could be ticking for Worth, though.

Since highly touted shortstop Jose Iglesias was deemed unable to play this season because of severe shin splints, the thought has been Detroit would go after free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.

Any team that signs Drew before the June First-Year Player Draft, though, has to surrender draft pick compensation, which has turned off all teams so far.

If Drew is still available come June, Detroit is a likely landing spot.

Worth, who the Tigers designated for assignment in December, which freed him up for any team to make a move for him, had a strong spring to get back in favor with the Tigers.

In parts of four seasons, he is a .242 career hitter with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 115 games (219 at-bats).

When Worth gets into a game this season, he will be the fifth Santa Clarita Valley product to play in the big leagues this year joining Hart High graduates James Shields (Kansas City Royals) and Trevor Bauer (Cleveland Indians), Saugus High grad Tommy Milone (Oakland A’s) and Zach Britton (former Canyon High student).

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