Schlereth hopes to pitch within a week
Talked during the game today with Daniel Schlereth, who said he hopes to be pitching within a week after straining his left hamstring last Sunday against the Yankees.
“I’ve been throwing every day,” he said, “so as long as my hamstring is OK, it’s not like I’m running sprints or anything. All I want to do is pitch.”
He’s been playing long toss from about 120 feet out, so that he can maintain his arm strength. He isn’t doing much runningwise, but he’s walking comfortably now.
He wants to give himself enough innings to be ready for the season, especially since it’s not an arm injury. The Tigers trotted out three potential lefty relievers — Charlie Furbush, Brad Thomas and Fu-Te Ni — in Friday’s loss to the O’s, but Schlereth would seem to be the primary lefty specialist as long as he’s healthy.