You'll recall last Wednesday the Tigers outrighted left-handed reliever Brad Thomas to Triple-A Toledo. He had until Sunday to decide whether or not to take the assignment. Apparently he's taken the assignment, where the Hens immediately placed him on the inactive list. In the meantime, Thomas will visit Dr. James Andrews to look closer at is elbow problems.
The Toledo Blade's John Wagner spoke with Thomas for an update and reported in a story today:
Thomas said he will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to determine his next course of action.
"When Dr. Andrews looked at the MRI, he asked, 'How is this guy even throwing?' " Thomas said. "But I wanted to get back and help my mates up there [in Detroit].
"When I talked to the Tigers about this a month ago, I said it would take 4 to 6 weeks to come back for me to get back if [the doctors] went in and cleaned that up. I just need to get this fixed."
The Tigers must have felt otherwise, as Thomas instead was given a rehab assignment with the Mud Hens rather than getting it cleaned up. With Toledo, he felt more elbow pain and went back to see the Tigers doctors again. After a few days, he was sent back to Toledo. And as you'll recall, soon after he was outrighted to the Mud Hens.
It sounds to me that Thomas may not have been real happy with the medical decision, but also that he just wants to get healthy again and prove his worth. Hopefully they'll get everything sorted out.