Berry experiences left knee soreness vs. Nats

Berry experiences left knee soreness vs. Nats

LAKELAND, Fla. -- A week after Quintin Berry returned to the Tigers outfield mix from left knee patellar tendinitis, the left-handed hitting speedster left Sunday's game against the Nationals with left knee soreness.

It happened after only one plate appearance. Berry replaced Austin Jackson in center field for the start of the sixth inning, then drew a walk and scored leading off the bottom half. Once the Tigers batted around and Berry's spot came up again, Don Kelly pinch-hit for him.

Leyland said after the game that he made the move because of the soreness.

Berry is currently scheduled to make the trip to Viera for Monday's rematch with the Nationals, while Jackson is slated to stay home. If Leyland scratches him as a precaution, he could use Kelly or Jeff Kobernus in his place.

If it's more than a short-term move, however, it makes Berry's case to crack the roster tougher. He missed two weeks with the tendinitis before returning last weekend, then got plenty of work over three of the previous five days.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.