The Tigers demote Tyler Collins, activate Francisco Rodriguez

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On Wednesday, the Tigers optioned outfielder Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo and activated closer Francisco Rodriguez from the family medical emergency list.

Rodriguez hasn’t pitched since last Wednesday due to a private family issue. The 34-year-old has had a rough start to the season, as he holds a 7.11 ERA with one blown save and a 3/4 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings.

Collins made headlines on Monday when he flipped off the home crowd at Comerica Park after they booed him for booting a fly ball. Major League Baseball ultimately decided not to punish Collins for the incident. While the incident certainly didn’t earn the 25-year-old any favors, his meager .100/.100/.150 triple-slash line in 20 at-bats likely had more to do with the demotion.