Glover tries to find home with Tigers
Reliever looking to land spot on team for '09 season
ARLINGTON -- After eight Major League organizations and a stint with Japan's Yomiuri Giants in 2006, a change of scenery isn't going to rattle Gary Glover. If anything, it's taught him a lesson over the years.
"Never give up," Glover said. "Just keep working. Baseball is definitely a strange game, but it's a business. At times, moves have to be made."
A month away from pitching, however, was a little bit of a stress test.
Glover had been on the disabled list for the Rays since mid-July with a calf injury. By month's end, he was designated for assignment and refused an assignment to Triple-A Durham, forcing him to sit through waivers for two business days and then a weekend before he could sign with another team.
Glover's final outing with the Rays came on July 10, when giving up seven runs over two-thirds of an inning raised his ERA from 4.05 to 5.82. He didn't pitch to live hitters again until Aug. 9 at Triple-A Toledo.
A week later, he was back in the big leagues.
"It was a trying month," he said, "but you never know for what reason you get put somewhere else. I'm looking at nothing but positives being here, and hopefully, being a part of things here next year as well."
That's kind of how Glover and the Tigers are looking at his stint. He could've looked at other teams or even taken the Durham assignment and hoped for a return trip to Tampa Bay with September callups, but he took an opportunity with the Tigers because he saw an opportunity to get back in the big leagues. He also saw a potential fit beyond season's end.
Glover filled an immediate need in Detroit, but the Tigers are treating this in part as an audition.
"[We'll] check him out," Leyland said. "See what he looks like."
Glover looked fine in his Tigers debut, retiring the Rangers in the seventh inning to preserve Detroit's lead.
Leyland didn't have a role in mind for him, but he has certainly had the innings to fill lately. Glover handled an assortment of roles over his season and a half in Tampa Bay, including a pair of saves. He led the Rays in both relief appearances and relief innings last year, though he ended the season with a 4.89 ERA.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.