Willis' rehab start shows mixed results

Willis' rehab start has mixed results

MINNEAPOLIS -- Dontrelle Willis' first rehab start with Class A Lakeland was a mixed bag. On Sunday, the left-hander went two innings while surrendering one earned run on three walks and one hit.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland listened to reports on Willis' appearance Monday morning.

"He was actually not too bad," Leyland said. "He was around the plate, wasn't really wild. He walked three guys, but it wasn't like he was all over the place. I don't know what the next step is, I stay out of that."

Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said on June 9: "Our objective is to get Dontrelle back to being Dontrelle. We don't want to put a time frame on this -- we want to get it right. The arm strength is still there, on occasion. The breaking ball is still there. But we want to get him back to being comfortable throwing strikes."

Willis made five appearances with the Tigers this season, including four starts and one relief appearance. He had a 10.32 ERA with 21 walks in 11 1/3 innings.

Thor Nystrom is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.