"You guys are getting way ahead of yourselves," said Leyland when asked of his plan prior to Friday's game. "Let's not go there. Let's just see how it plays out. We'll see who's healthy, who's playing, who's not playing. Who's doing good, who's not doing good. But [Berry has] done well."
In nine games replacing Jackson, Berry entered Friday's series opener vs. the Yankees hitting .333, with an on-base percentage of .395 and five stolen bases. And the 27-year-old has played above-average defense as well.
Leyland said he wouldn't rule out Berry taking over left or right field when Jackson returns. When Berry spoke to the media Friday, he wouldn't rule out playing any position in the field.
"[I] try to do everything I possibly can," Berry said. "If they need me to play first, I'll play first. If they need me to play short, I'll play short. It doesn't matter. I'm trying to show them everything I can do so I'll stay as long as I possibly can."
Berry now gets his first chance to hear some cheers from the home crowd and show Tigers fans what he can do playing center field at Comerica Park, where the wall stretches back to 420 feet.
"I hear tons of stories of everybody talking how big it is," Berry said. "It should be fun. Make a couple people upset out there."