DETROIT -- Darin Downs spent most of the season's second half pitching in relief with the Tigers. His last win was one of the biggest of the season for the ballclub, allowing it to overcome Max Scherzer's early exit.
So as he appeared in the Tigers' dugout Sunday afternoon for the first time in nearly a month, it was a reunion. It wasn't the way he wanted to be pitching in October, capping a run in instructional ball with a couple scrimmage appearances to stay fresh. Still, for his first big league stint to be on a potential World Series champion, he isn't about to complain.
"It's been a great experience for me this season, my rookie season," Downs said. "I'm grateful for everything I've gotten so far."
Downs pitched an inning in Sunday's scrimmage. He said he spent his instructional league stint throwing more in side sessions than in games, just to keep up the workload and better simulate the potential relief work he would face if he were to be activated.