Thomas went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation in mid-May. He was in the middle of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo in late June when he reported more elbow discomfort.
Dr. Andrews found no damage to Thomas' elbow and cleared him to pitch, according to the team, and he finished out his rehab assignment before Detroit designated him for assignment over the All-Star break. However, Thomas told the Toledo Blade that the consultation was not a declaration that he was pain-free.
"When Dr. Andrews looked at the MRI, he asked, 'How is this guy even throwing?'" Thomas told the paper. "But I wanted to get back and help my mates up there [in Detroit]. When I talked to the Tigers about this a month ago, I said it would take four to six weeks for me to get back if [the doctors] went in and cleaned that up. I just need to get this fixed."
Thomas said he's still feeling soreness in the elbow, and he can't pitch through it anymore.
"I was fighting through that to go up to Detroit, and I just can't go through that pain," he told the paper. "I need it fixed."