DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers
acquired first baseman Sean Casey
from the Pittsburgh Pirates
on Monday in exchange for minor-league pitcher Brian Rogers.
Casey, a career .304 hitter, gives the AL Central-leading Tigers the left-handed-hitting presence they have lacked as they head toward a playoff berth.
To make room for Casey, Detroit optioned the contract of first baseman Chris Shelton
to Triple-A Toledo. Shelton is hitting .277 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI.
The 32-year-old Casey is a three-time NL All-Star selection and was hitting .296 with three home runs and 29 RBI in 59 games this season.
Casey, who also has played for Cincinnati and Cleveland, is considered an above-average fielder. He has not committed an error in 491 total chances at first base this season and has posted a .995 fielding percentage at first base during his career.
Rogers was 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 37 appearances at Double-A Erie this season.
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