There are constant reminders for Quintin Berry that he's not where he wants to be.

As he spoke to a reporter at Fifth Third Field before the Mud Hens' home opener Thursday, the Tigers-Blue Jays game was on television in the clubhouse.

Berry, preparing to play in the cold as the leadoff hitter and centerfielder, wore a blue long-sleeved shirt with the words "2012 POSTSEASON" on the front. He said it was one of the few long-sleeved shirts he had, but it had to remind him again that he's in Triple-A and not with the Tigers, where he had hoped to be.

Then there's the number on his jersey. He's wearing 0.

"I got little things that help me remember where I've been and where I want to get back to," Berry said. "That's another reason I've got zero this year.

"I don't really want a number down here. I want to earn my number in the big leagues.

"I don't want a number down here. My number is up there."

Berry was disappointed when he was sent to Toledo in spring training. In the midst of his disappointment, Berry took time to text Don Kelly, congratulating him on making the team. Tigers manager Jim Leyland raved about the class Berry showed by his actions.

Berry said the relationships he has with teammates are special to him.

"I love Donnie," Berry said. "Donnie's a great guy. We're really good friends, and I'm happy for him and his family.

"Sometimes you've got to step back from the game and get outside yourself for a little bit."

Berry hit .258 in 94 games with the Tigers last season. He scored 44 runs with 10 doubles and six triples and stole 21 bases.

He was among several Mud Hens off to a tough start entering the home opener. Berry was hitting .182 with two RBIs. Danny Worth was hitting .200 with no RBIs, and Bryan Holaday was at .118 with no RBIs.

Berry was battling patellar tendinitis during spring training but said he didn't think that had anything to do with why he didn't make the Tigers.

"I think it's just a situation where they didn't see that I was the man for the job at the time," Berry said. "I was playing really well at the end of spring training."