On Thursday afternoon, Josh Harrison was still in the midst of his assignment to rehabilitate minor league injuries.  He played, Detroit Tiger manager Ron Gardenhire said. Feel good and play five innings on the pitch one day and nine at the Designated Hitter the next. He was halfway to the 40 bats the team at Triple-A Toledo demanded.
Four bats later, the seasoned second baseman disappeared Royals, the Tigers did not have much – if any – playing time for Harrison in mind. They activated him from the 60-day list of the injured and released him on Friday afternoon.
32-year-old Harrison scored in this season's 36 games with a home run and eight RBIs .176. His season was marked by a slow start and two injuries that kept him largely off the field in his first season with the Tigers.
He signed a one-year $ 2 million deal at the end of spring training.
"We, I can not worry about that," said Gardenhire, when asked how he would extend Harrison's playing time on his return, and whether the situation is sensitive to seasoned players. "He has been in baseball long enough to understand how it works, it will happen, as long as I explain it to him, which side we are on and what we do, it works, if you just do it and say nothing, it does not look good.
"You need to know what happens to a veteran with whom you bring children to play. You just have to talk to them and keep them up to date – that's happened to me often.
"Are you happy? No, because they want to play next year to get a job, but they also know where we are when they signed. They knew that we were going to transform and that when we come to the end and bring up children, that's what's going to happen, and we'll talk to them when that happens.
Harrison hit the injury list twice this season, first in early June with a shoulder load and then shortly thereafter with a left thigh strain requiring surgery.  He signed with The Tigers as one of the few remaining veterans on the market hoping to stabilize the center of his infield with his longtime team-mate Jordy Mercer, but his body was unable to allow it In nine years Harrison is a .273 hitter with 53 homers, 277 RBI and 79 stolen bases. 19659014]