DETROIT -- The Tigers have four left-handers in their bullpen with David Purcey, Daniel Schlereth, Charlie Furbush and Adam Wilk. They have another lefty reliever, Brad Thomas, on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo, having pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout for the Mud Hens Tuesday night. ESPN.com's Jayson Stark cited rival scouts last week saying Detroit could be in the market for a lefty, though that might have come before the Purcey trade.
At some point, how many lefties do they need?
"There's too many of them," Leyland said. "You don't need four, to be honest with you. But, it's the old saying, 'If they're the best guys you've got, then you take them.' Right now, we felt that was the best we had. If [Ryan] Perry's right, which he's trying to get right, then Perry would be here and one of those lefties wouldn't be here."
Perry continues to pitch well at Triple-A Toledo, but Leyland reiterated they're in no hurry to bring him back. Once he gets his command issues corrected, then he'll return.
It's a tricky situation, because it leaves Al Alburquerque as the lone right-hander available before the eighth inning. And the Tigers are wary of using him too much and wearing out his arm, which has the extra strain of throwing so many sliders since it's his out pitch.