All-Star Bartolo Colon came off the disabled list after missing five days with a groin strain and he looked more like his usual self allowing one run in five innings Thursday.

Colon's velocity which had dipped from the mid-90s in early July to the mid-80s in two outings before he went on the disabled list was back up in the low 90s. According to a scout the movement on his fastball was "better; not his best but better."

The scout said Colon was adding and subtracting from his fastball well and his location was much improved from earlier in the month. Colon said he threw more two-seamers than usual and could tell he was throwing harder.

The right-hander was limited to 80 pitches on his first day off the DL manager Bob Melvin said adding "I thought he was fine. He comes out of the game we're in good position so he did his job."

Catcher Stephen Vogt said "Bartolo looked great. His velocity was there the ball had life had good movement when it was down. ... He looked much better than the last time. You can definitely tell he's got his legs under him better. He's driving down the mound better. It's exciting to have him back feeling the way he is."

Jerry Blevins who relieved Colon to start the sixth inning allowed a homer by Prince Fielder on the first pitch he threw and the Tigers scratched out another run when Don Kelly hit an infield single off Blevins and eventually came home on Ramon Santiago's single off Dan Otero. Blevins has allowed runs in four of his past five appearances.