“Things weren’t working, so we looked at it, or I looked at it, tried to find some way we could maybe mix it up,” Ausmus said Tuesday.
“Lobstein has done a nice job,” Ausmus said, “but let’s face it, Justin Verlander’s a different animal when it comes to starting pitchers.”
“When you put a lot of pressure on yourself, you overdo it,” Cabrera said. “That’s when you make mistakes, when you try too hard.”
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.