Coke not headed to 'pen on return from DL

Coke not headed to 'pen on return from DL

DETROIT -- Though both Andy Oliver and Charlie Furbush will most likely be in Tigers uniforms this weekend, that doesn't necessarily mean anything for the future of Phil Coke, whose injury opened up a rotation spot for Oliver.

Leyland worked to cool recent speculation that Oliver's return could be a longer-term move, shifting Coke to the bullpen.

"There was never any talk about putting Coke back in the bullpen," Leyland said. "Somebody mentioned that to me. That's absolutely not true at this stage, nor has it been up to this stage. And it's still not at this stage."