On Monday, Jim Leyland confirmed what we knew already – that Jhonny Peralta is being groomed for a possible return to the team as a left fielder.
But the message Leyland was sending is was that nothing is set in stone.
Since Peralta began workouts with the team, reports had him shagging fly balls.
Now, the Tigers are speaking of a definite, clear plan.
Leyland told the press that Peralta will join their instructional team this week for games in Lakeland.
But is it a lock that Peralta will join the Tigers again before season's end? Leyland says that decision belongs to Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, and would not venture a guess as to the likelihood of that happening.
Dombrowski said last week that Peralta would not be the team's regular shortstop, adding that the Tigers already had their regular shortstop.
If Peralta were to rejoin the team, it would be in the Tigers' final series of the regular season – at Miami.
ESPN.com reports that Peralta has never played in the outfield while in the majors.