Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/18/12

Jim Leyland sent writers out of his office Sunday after his pre—game meeting with the press under the impression that Thursday was going to be a Mr. Bullpen day for the Detroit Tigers.

"I'm thinking about making that start a bullpen game," Leyland said. "Sometimes that's not a bad idea."

But between leaving the clubhouse and the time of the game's first pitch there was a change of plans.

Detroit will be sending Alex Avila out on a rehab assignment Monday -- and bringing up Jacob Turner to start Thursday's game.

It was a decision pressed by general manager Dave Dombrowski, Leyland said after Detroit beat Colorado 5-0.

"That's what they decided they wanted to do," Leyland said. "(Turner is) going to pitch against his hometown team -- he's from the St. Louis area. We'll give him a shot, see what happens.

"Rather than make the moves all the time, I thought why not just make it a bullpen day?"

Don't make it more than it is, though.

It's just one of those normal differences of opinion that come up on occasion.

If Turner gets hammered, that doesn't mean Leyland was right. If Turner wins, that doesn't mean Dombrowski was correct.

The only reason a different starter was needed for Thursday at all is that Leyland decided to give Doug Fister an extra day of rest for his second start after coming off the disabled list for the second time this season. Fister would have gone Thursday were he working with normal rest. Now he will start Friday in Pittsburgh.

Leyland clearly thought that with his two workhorses, Justin Verlander and Fister, surrounding the start it wouldn't tax the bullpen to have to put in nine innings of work in a night.

He was planning to have the starter work three innings, so he'd be usable with two days off, followed by two-inning relief jobs by two pitchers. "That would get us to (Joaquin) Benoit and (Jose) Valverde," Leyland said.

But it might have made the club vulnerable if something had happened to cause the manager to need early relief for Verlander or Fister.

So in the end, precaution prevailed.

Unless, of course, Turner gets smacked in the first or second innings and needs immediate relief.

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