DETROIT -- Leave it to Don Kelly to lighten up the situation.
When reporters approached Kelly to ask about his being designated for assignment, Kelly said, "Hey guys, this isn't a funeral."
When the Tigers reinstated outfielder Andy Dirks from the 15-day disabled list Friday, they made room on the roster by designating Kelly for assignment.
"Donnie Kelly was just a victim of circumstance," manager Jim Leyland said. "Really, he was a victim of Quintin Berry doing very well. That was a tough one because he's one of everybody's favorites."
In limited action this season, Kelly was hitting just .175 with one home run and seven RBIs, so Kelly saw the writing on the wall.
"When youre not swinging the bat well, obviously, it can happen at any time," Kelly said. "You just come and try to do the best you can, but obviously, I wasnt swinging the bat very well. We needed a little kick, so ... we had to make a move."
Kelly, who only had 17 at-bats in July, wasn't blaming his lack of hittin...