"I'm hoping that he's able to pitch in Kansas City," Leyland said before Sunday's game against the A's. "At some point you've got to get out there. You can't keep saying, 'Well, we've got time, we've got time.' We don't have that much time in his situation."
Alburquerque made just three appearances this month without allowing a run. He appeared in five games in July and three in August, all scoreless outings. For the season, he's 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 37 games.
The question, Leyland said, is whether Alburquerque's quad will be healthy enough for him to pitch effectively in the postseason.
"That's pretty simple really," Leyland said. "There's no secret to it. I certainly hope it is because, as you know, he's been very huge for us this year. He's done a tremendous job. We like him. But how much rust is going to be on, how much rust is going to be off? I don't know. I'm not smart enough to know that. I'm hoping that he can pitch in Kansas City one of these next couple days and get some work in on the final homestand."