Collins is day-to-day with an intercostal injury, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Since returning to the majors from Triple-A Toledo on Sept. 11, Collins has hit .150 with a .517 OPS over nine games. He hadn't been seeing much regular playing time and was primarily providing depth in the outfield.
Collins' contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
As planned, Collins is set to rejoin the big club Monday. Collins started the season in the majors and played 40 games for the Tigers, during which he hit just .200 with a .626 OPS. He's shown improvement with Toledo, where he slashed .288/.358/.462 over 74 games. In a corresponding move, the Tigers released Arcenio Leon.
The outfielder will provide depth while Mikie Mahtook (groin) and Alex Presley (undisclosed) try to rest nagging injuries. Collins was designated for assignment in May but stayed with the organization after he cleared waivers. He slashed as .288/.358/.462 line with nine homers and 11 stolen bases in 296 plate appearances for Triple-A Toledo, but he's 27 and it was his fourth stint there, so it's nothing to get excited about. Maybe he can scrape together a few starts per week as the Tigers limp to the finish line of a non-playoff season.
Collins cleared waivers Sunday and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
The Tigers couldn't find any takers for Collins on the trade market or via waivers after he was designated for assignment a week ago, so he'll stick around with the organization as a depth piece in the outfield. Now that Collins is no longer on the 40-man roster, however, his path to returning to the big leagues is a more arduous one.
Collins was designated for assignment Sunday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Collins got off to a solid start in the first month of the season to emerge as an everyday option for the Tigers, but he's regressed badly in May, slashing .108/.237/.292. The 26-year-old didn't have any remaining minor-league options, so the Tigers will have to drop him from the 40-man roster in order to open up a spot for Alex Presley, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move. If Collins goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll likely remain in the organization and report to Toledo.
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