Ausmus said Verlander will still need to complete a rehab stint before he returns to action for Detroit.
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.”
After talking at length about the decision to place Martinez on the disabled list, Ausmus provided updates on Rondon and Verlander.
Designated hitter Victor Martinez did not want to go on the disabled list. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus overruled him Monday night.
In 18 games for the Tigers last season, Collins had a batting average of .250 and an on-base percentage of .280.
Detroit’s relievers have a collective ERA of 3.02, seventh-best in the majors.
“Probably getting pretty close to a sim game,” starting pitcher Justin Verlander said Monday after he threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Comerica.
“You have to be open-minded to evolving changes,” said Dombrowski, who hired Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland in 2014.
“My last few days have been very, very, very encouraging,” Price said Wednesday at the Detroit Economic Club meeting.