Tigers to activate Matt Tuiasosopo, option Avisail Garcia to Triple-A

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The guy who has been perhaps the biggest offensive surprise of the season for the Tigers will return to the team on Friday.

The Detroit Tigers will activate outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo prior to their game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday, the team announced. Avisail Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move following the Tigers' 11-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday.

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Tuiasosopo was a pleasant surprise for the Tigers before landing on the disabled list with a rib injury on June 20. The 27-year-old utility player is hitting .338/.466/.563 while spending time in left field and at first base.

Garcia, 22, was hitting .241/.273/.373 in 88 big-league plate appearances entering Thursday. His minor league numbers in 2013 have been much better; Garcia boasts a .438/.481/.603 line in 78 plate appearances split between Lakeland and Toledo.

The Tigers went 7-7 in Tuiasosopo's absence. During that stretch, Garcia appeared in five games and went 1-for-15 at the plate. Tuiasosopo's primary replacement, Andy Dirks, hit .265/.342/.382 in 11 games during that same timeframe.

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