Jeff Frazier makes contact during a game against Buffalo on Monday. He will make his Major League debut when the Tigers face the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park (Brian Calloway photo)

With the Tigers in desperate need of offensive help in order to stay in the playoff race, they’ve had to make several moves in the past few days.

Detroit hopes their latest move will provide a boost to their struggling offense.

After getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, the Tigers announced that Jeff Frazier’s contract was being purchased and Jeff Larish would be designated for assignment. The move is a deserved one for Frazier, who has turned in a strong season in Triple-A Toledo.

Jeff Frazier was leading the International League in doubles and ranked second in hits and homers prior to getting promoted to the bigs. (B. Calloway photo)

Frazier, who turns 28 in two weeks, was an International League All-Star this season and hit 23 homers – including two in Wednesday’s win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. He also had 32 doubles and 68 RBIs, while hitting .273 in 104 games. Frazier led the International League in doubles, ranked second in hits and home runs and was third in RBIs prior to getting called up.

The move was a smart one for many reasons. It does give the Tigers an opportunity to sit down the slumping Brennan Boesch for a few games. Tampa Bay pitched around Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera three times during the four-game series to get to Boesch. Each time Boesch didn’t deliver.

Boesch did break an 0-for-11 slump with an infield single during today’s game, but has been ice cold since the All-Star break and seen his average fall 50 points.

Frazier, who originally was a third-round pick by the Tigers in 2004,  is a right-handed hitter.

The move to designate Larish likely marks the end of a Tiger career for another player that couldn’t stick around with the Tigers. Larish was in the bigs in parts of the 2008 and 2009 seasons. He began ’09 on the Tigers 25-man roster before being sent down.

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