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.