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Tigers hire Don Kelly as pro scout/assistant to player development

The Detroit Tigers announced Saturday that they have hired former utility man Don Kelly as a pro scout/assistant to player development.

It appears he's already getting started on his new gig, donning a windbreaker with the Tigers' old English D at spring training in Lakeland, Florida.

Kelly, 37, hit .234/.297/.340 with 23 home runs and 95 RBIs in 545 games with the Tigers from 2009 to 2014. He played every position except shortstop -- yes, that includes pitcher -- during his six years with Detroit, and he was a favorite of former manager Jim Leyland.

After the 2014 season, Kelly became a free agent and signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins. In 2015 and '16, he played a combined 15 major league games for the Marlins.

Kelly was designated for assignment in July 2016 after second baseman Dee Gordon's return from an 80-day suspension for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.

--Alex Tekip