Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
Mahtook has bounced between Detroit and Toledo this season, hitting decently at the Triple-A level but having no success in the big leagues. His .200/.239/.257 line at the big-league level is far from adequate, though he's hit .251/.321/.452 for Toledo, suggesting he has as least some potential. JaCoby Jones was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain in a corresponding move.
Mahtook was sent down to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Mahtook was cast off the active roster in order to make room for Leonys Martin (hamstring) from the 10-day DL. Across nine games with the team after being promoted at the start of the month, Mahtook went 8-for-36 (.222 average) with one extra-base hit and 12 strikeouts. He will head back to the minors, where he's set to receive everyday at-bats for the foreseeable future.
Mahtook will start in left field and hit sixth Sunday against the Rangers.
The Tigers have gone with JaCoby Jones as their leadoff man for both of their matchups against right-handed pitchers this series, an indication manager Ron Gardenhire no longer views Mahtook as the primary table setter. Mahtook did top the order Saturday against southpaw Cole Hamels, however, and went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI on the day. He should be locked into a full-time role until the Tigers get Leonys Martin (hamstring) back from the DL, but the righty-hitting Mahtook may only be a favorable DFS play versus southpaws.
Mahtook went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Cubs.
Despite entering the game batting just .192, Mahtook was tabbed for leadoff duties in this one and he delivered. The 28-year-old outfielder is still hitting just .221, but he should continue to get fairly regular playing time with Leonys Martin (hamstring) currently on the disabled list. Mahtook did hit .276 in 109 games last season, so there is some reason to believe his current average could continue to climb.
Mahtook was recalled from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday, John Wagner of The Toledo Blade reports.
Mahtook received the promotion after Leonys Martin (hamstring) landed on the disabled list. Through 21 games in the big leagues this season, Mahtook is batting .188 with four extra-base hits and four RBI.
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