Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes everyone thinks he is, when he isn't.
But on Wednesday, he wasn't, when he actually might have been.
That's what a steady parade of players not being available will do for a manager — even in spring training.
It's also what a schedule of driving nearly 500 miles the next two days, coupled with injuries, will do.
"I just have to take my normal grumpy approach when I talk about that," Leyland said, referring to players not being available because of minor, but lingering, injuries. "I'm not going to say anything more until they are ready," he said about injury updates.
When asked where his self-applied "grumpy" label came from, he replied, "Everyone calls me grumpy, don't they?"
Then he added he was being facetious.
But frankly, if it hadn't been for the fact Wednesday was Manager of the Day for the Tigers, with charity auction winner Chuck Gotberg of Northville in uniform as a sidekick, Leyland likely would have grumbled more than he did.
Then again, it would have been understandable if Leyland had grumbled.
After all, he's had to write the lineup the last two days — including Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Braves — without being able to use three of his outfielders: Brennan Boesch, Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry.
Plus, the team won't look like itself when several players pack up and leave for the World Baseball Classic on Saturday — Miguel Cabrera, Omar Infante, Octavio Dotel and Anibal Sanchez.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130228/SPORTS0104/302280346#ixzz2MCrNPt4j