Leyland doesn't envy Collins' tough call

Leyland doesn't envy Collins' tough call

DETROIT -- Dealing with another new injury -- this one to Alex Avila -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland didn't have much time to reflect on Mets manager Terry Collins' decision to let Johan Santana finish his no-hitter on Friday despite the left-hander's recent injury history and his having thrown 118 pitches through eight innings.

"I've got my own problems right now," said Leyland, as he scrambled to figure out a new lineup that could compete with the Yankees. "I'm not really worried about the other teams."

It's tough to blame Leyland for not being overly talkative about the Mets' feat; Austin Jackson, Andy Dirks, Gerald Laird and now Avila are all out.

However, Leyland is a good person to ask the question. Not only is he friends with Collins -- from 1992-93, Leyland managed the Pirates with a staff that included Collins, who wears No. 10 as a tribute to Leyland -- but the Tigers skipper frequently faces similar situations regarding Justin Verlander's pitch count.

"That's always a catch-22 for a manager," said Leyland, offering one more bit on the topic. "Damned if you do, damned if you don't."