Quintin Berry is not where he wants to be. But he knows it's important to shake off the disappointment of being sent to Triple-A Toledo, refocus on the task at hand and work hard to get back there.

Where he wants to be, obviously, is with the Detroit Tigers in the major leagues.

"I felt like I did what I wanted to do," Berry said Tuesday afternoon, recalling his efforts in Grapefruit League play while sitting in front of his stall in the visitors' clubhouse at Victory Field. "I had a little setback with my knee, but I got it under control, figured out how to work with it. But I ended up doing really well, played multiple positions and played well defensively.

"I did pretty much all I could possibly do."

In the end, Berry's best wasn't good enough to make the Opening Day roster for the Tigers. But manager Jim Leyland had great things to say about Berry after he was sent out. Leyland stressed that 27 players deserved to make the team: the 25 who did along with Berry and infielder Danny Worth, who also had an impressive spring.

"I hope that he understands that he's a big part of this team," Leyland said of Berry at the time. "He's not on it right now, but he's a big part of this team and this organization. I hope he understands that. I'm sure he doesn't understand that today. But I hope at some point that he understands that."