DETROIT -- It turns out relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth, who got sent down to Triple-A Toledo and days later went on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis, actually was hiding his injury during his time in Detroit.
"I've had issues before," Schlereth told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. "I've had Tommy John surgeries, so I know how to pitch through pain. I'm not the kind of guy who takes himself out of a game. I know I probably hurt the team by not saying anything and pitching and just getting shellacked every day."
Manager Jim Leyland fielded questions on if he believed that was a possibility in a pregame session with the media Tuesday and quickly disposed of the theory.
"Did I have a suspicion? Absolutely none," Leyland said Tuesday. "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."
However, the skipper did admit to it being common among young players who earn a spot on the Major League roster and want to avoid being sent back to the Minors. He reiterated that Friday, but said he wasn't mad at Schlereth for it.
"I've asked guys, 'You OK?' [and they said], 'Oh yeah, I'm fine.' And I knew they were probably hurting a little bit," Leyland said. "That's not the case with him, but I don't blame him. Guys want to stay in the big leagues. I don't have any problem with that."