DETROIT — When Quintin Berry hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball in left field Tuesday night, he was concerned that he had suffered a serious injury.
So was his mother.
“I called her as soon as the game was over,” Berry said. “I waited until the game was over. She found out. She was texting me, calling me, leaving messages. She’s good though. She was just worried.”
Berry did serious damage to his left shoulder while diving for a ball in 2005, when he played for San Diego State.
“I tore my labrum and my rotator cuff and bicep tendon,” he said. “I didn’t want to go through that again. It was a similar feeling that I got right away and I thought that could have been it, but luckily it wasn’t.”
Berry said he knew he would be fine when he got to the team doctor’s office at Comerica Park and could lift his right arm without any serious problems. He told Tigers manager Jim Leyland he would be good to go before he left the stadium Tuesday night, then said the same thing Wednesday.
“I feel good,” he said. “I’ll be ready to do whatever they need. Swing it, play defense, pinch-run, whatever.”
Berry is hitting .222 with 23 strikeouts in 54 at-bats against left-handers this season, so he would not have started Wednesday against Oakland A’s left-hander Brett Anderson even if he hadn’t been banged up the night before.
Berry said there will be time after the season to treat his body right. But for now, he plans to continue to go all-out.
“I’m pretty rough on my body,” he said. “I have to be. That’s what I do. That’s my job. I’ve got to dive, try to steal, try to do all that stuff to help the team. I’m not easy on it.”
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