Benoit struggling, but Tigers find no injury

Benoit struggling, but Tigers find no injury

DETROIT -- Considering Joaquin Benoit's injury history, notably his labrum surgery two years ago, any protracted struggles are going to bring up questions regarding the right-hander's health. It popped into the minds of Tigers officials, too.

By Benoit's account, he's healthy.

"It's one of the first things I checked," manager Jim Leyland said. "I had it all checked out yesterday. He's fine. We checked again today, talked a little. That's one thing you have to be careful of, when a guy signs here, comes over and wants to do good and doesn't want to tell you when something's not right. But we want to know that. But that boils down to really being on the player. All you can do is ask the player to be honest with you."

As long as Benoit is healthy, Leyland said, he'll be out in the eighth inning to protect a lead.

"He's my setup guy, when available," Leyland said.