DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland can't claim to have any big league motive in the trade for Zach Miner, a move by Detroit's front office to add some pitching depth in a system still dealing with injuries. But to hear Leyland discuss Miner on Saturday, Miner could yet fill a role in the big leagues.
"I'm thrilled that we got him back," Leyland said, "because when he's at his best, he's really the kind of pitcher we need. He was a versatile-type guy. He wore a lot of hats for us."
Of course, Leyland admitted, he also was one of his most frustrating pitchers when he wasn't on his game, working to full counts and churning through pitch counts.
All of Miner's Major League appearances from 2006-09 -- 35 starts, 123 relief appearances -- came under Leyland. He missed 2010 with Tommy John surgery and signed with the Royals the following offseason.