Ausmus said Verlander will still need to complete a rehab stint before he returns to action for Detroit.
Some relievers relish a defined role in the bullpen. Alex Wilson has thrived without that kind of relative stability.
James McCann sent an 0-2 pitch from Tony Sipp into the Tigers’ bullpen, just beyond the reach of leaping left fielder Colby Rasmus.
Ausmus said he suspected veteran catcher Alex Avila bought and distributed the shirts, but he was not sure.
“I’m not overly concerned about his results right now,” Ausmus said. “It’s more about him getting through these innings.”
Nick Castellanos arrived at third base, clapped his hands joyously and bent over to slap the dirt.
Cabrera is currently 52nd on the all-time list for career home runs.
Through the generosity of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez and his wife, Ana, the Detroit Tigers is proud to launch Sanchez’s Little Smiles.
“Hopefully I can stick this time and show them that I can play,” Collins said before Tuesday’s game, in which he had a hit and a walk.
Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was ejected from the game with two out in the bottom of the fifth by home plate umpire.