DETROIT -- Through six appearances with the Tigers, Daniel Schlereth owned a 10.29 ERA, which got him optioned to Triple-A Toledo on April 21. A week later, without playing in a game for the Mud Hens, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis.
The move raised some questions on Tuesday if Jim Leyland believed the left-hander might have been concealing the injury to remain active at the Major League level. It's not unusual with players, Leyland said, but at no point did he believe that was the case with Schlereth.
"I suppose some guys want to stay in the big leagues so they try to get through some stuff," Leyland said. "But the first time I heard anything about Schlereth was after he went down to Toledo."
Schlereth's velocity remained consistent, but his command was off. He issued five walks in seven total innings and was tagged for 10 earned runs. After yielding five runs to the Rangers in an inning of work on April 19, he said he had never struggled that bad.
Still, he reported no injury and Leyland said that there was never any reason to expect otherwise.
"Did I have a suspicion? Absolutely none," Leyland said. "To my knowledge, he hasn't been on one report that I've read all spring. I get an injury report every day, and to my knowledge, Daniel Schlereth was not on it one time."