Demeritte is starting in right field and batting sixth in Tuesday's game against the White Sox. With Chicago starting lefty Gio Gonzalez, the Tigers will give Christin Stewart the night off and deploy an outfield of Victor Reyes, JaCoby Jones and Demeritte from left to right. Demeritte has played sporadically this season and could get squeezed from the roster whenever Cameron Maybin (quad) is able to return.
Demeritte is starting in right field and batting sixth in Saturday's game against the Pirates. It's the first start of the season for Demeritte, who joined the club July 31 when Cameron Maybin (quad) was put on the IL. Demeritte has had five at-bats in his limited time on the roster, picking up a double and two RBI.
Demeritte appeared off the bench and hit a two-run double in Friday's win over the Reds. Demeritte did not make the cut out of summer camp but was summoned from the alternate site Friday to replace Cameron Maybin (quad) on the active roster. While he did not start Friday's game, he pinch ran for Christin Stewart in the seventh, stayed in the game and came up with a big hit an inning later. Demeritte projects as a reserve, though a more regular role is within reach if he can make the most of his opportunities.
Demeritte was recalled by the Tigers on Friday. Demeritte opened the season at the Tigers' alternate training site but won't wind up waiting long to make his season debut. He'll replace Cameron Maybin on the roster, who hit the injured list with a strained right quadriceps in a corresponding move, though it will likely be Victor Reyes who claims Maybin's starting role. Demeritte hit just .225/.286/.343 in his 48-game debut last season.
Demeritte was optioned to the Tigers' alternate training site Monday. Demeritte battled groin and quadriceps injuries during camp while competing for an outfield depth role on the major-league roster, but Monday's transaction means that he won't open the season on the Tigers' 30-man roster. Although the Tigers have an abundance of depth in the outfield, it wouldn't be surprising to see Demeritte in the big leagues at some point this season. The 25-year-old made his MLB debut last season, hitting .225/.286/.343 with three home runs, 10 RBI and three stolen bases across 48 games.