Daniel Schlereth sounded Saturday morning like somebody who had just been released from the hospital.
“It’ll be nice to get out there [on the mound] and stop sitting in the training room for five hours a day,” Schlereth said.
Saturday will mark Schlereth’s first outing since Feb. 28, when he strained his left hamstring trying to cover first base. He has kept his arm in throwing shape since, but he had to show he could move at a reasonable speed if he has to get off the mound and either field a ground ball or cover first base.
“I know I can get to the bag if I need to,” Schlereth said. “Should be all go.”
Schlereth is scheduled to pitch an inning Saturday. With about 2 1/2 weeks left in camp, he should have enough time to stretch out his arm and make a case for a spot in the Tigers bullpen.