Downs said his shoulder feels fine, and his next step will likely be some sort of session against hitters. It could be a simulated game with the team before going out on a Minor League rehab assignment.
Downs isn't eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list until Monday, when the Tigers open a four-game series with the White Sox in Chicago.
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