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By FS DETROIT STAFF  |  Last updated 9/1/13
By DAVE HOGGFOXSPORTSDETROIT.COM DETROIT -- The moment Tigers fans have been awaiting has finally arrived -- top prospect Nick Castellanos is in Detroit. Castellanos, Danny Worth and Evan Reed were called up from Triple-A Toledo on Sunday as the major-league rosters expand to 40 players. This is the first wave of new players, with Luke Putkonen joining the team on Monday, while Jose Alvarez, Jeremy Bonderman and Bryan Holaday will arrive on Tuesday. For all but one of those players, these call-ups represent a return to the majors. For Castellanos, this is his first shot at the big time. "I always knew the possibility was there, but I couldn't keep focusing on it -- I had a season to play in Toledo," he said. "But when I found out last night, it was a thrill." Castellanos, who will be the first Tiger to wear No. 30 since Magglio Ordonez, said that his family is flying up from Florida to catch Sunday's game. On Monday, he and his new teammates will head for Fenway Park, a stadium that he and a minor-league teammate visited last year. "Avi (Garcia) and I went over there on an off day," he said. "It's going to be incredible to be there for real." Castellanos has spent much of this season polishing himself as a leftfielder -- a position he took up when it became glaringly obvious that his natural spot of third base was blocked for the forseeable future. "I didn't think Miggy was going to give up that spot any time soon, and I'm certainly not going to take it from him," he said. "I have a lot of confidence in my abilities, but I could have hit .900 with 100 homers in Triple-A, and he's still going to be playing third base. When you have the best player in baseball in your spot, you learn another one." That's how he found himself in left, but he thinks there are more than enough similarities between the two. "A lot of playing third is all about your feet, but it is important to have feet in the outfield as well," Castellanos said. "It's not the quick first step that you need at third, but you have to be able to keep your feet under you when you are making a catch, or you won't be able to get off a strong throw. If you don't have your balance, and a guy goes from first to second, that's bad." Jim Leyland said he doesn't know how he'll use Castellanos, but he won't be sitting around. "I don't know how these guys will play, but we're going to use them," he said. "With our situation with Miggy, and people to run for Victor and Pena and Avila, we'll have things for them to do." JACKSON AND LEYLAND RECOVER: Austin Jackson is out of Sunday's lineup after his collision with the center-field fence Saturday night. Leyland said that he hadn't spoken to Jackson, but decided to leave him on the bench anyway. "He was hurting in his trap and his neck last night, and I don't know how he feels today, but I doubt it is a whole lot better," he said. "We've got more guys up here today, so it is a perfect chance to give him a rest." Leyland joked that he was more worried about his own health in the aftermath of Jackson's injury, citing the lengthy jog to the 420-foot mark in centerfield. "Jim Leyland was in more danger than Austin Jackson," he said. "If Miggy falls down at third base, I'm fine, but it is a long way out to that fence. The Marlboros started kicking in about halfway between second and center, so I was glad Kevin took a long time to examine him." CABRERA UPDATE: Miguel Cabrera was out of the lineup again Sunday, but Leyland said that his condition is improving. "He's been getting treatment day and night, and it made a huge difference for him," he said. "He's not going to play today, and I don't know when he'll be be back, but he's moving in the right direction."
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