Jeff Jones felt a burning sensation in his elbow after throwing a ball in a drill during spring training.

And that was the beginning of the end of his career.

Jones suffered through the rest of the 1984 season and had surgery. After sitting out the 1985 season, he tried to come back.

"I was nowhere near the same," Jones said. He pitched for two more seasons but never climbed above Triple-A Toledo.

Now, he is the Tigers' pitching coach.

Looking back, Jones was born too soon. "Tommy John was still playing," Jones said.