DETROIT - Jose Valverde threw a few pitches during Detroit's workout, then returned to the dugout as upbeat as usual.
Valverde's role for the World Series still isn't clear, but the righthander doesn't seem to mind.
"I don't care. All I want is to be a champion," he said. "If I had to start, I'd do it."
Valverde has been Detroit's closer for three years and didn't blow a save through all of 2011, but this postseason has been ugly. He lost Game 4 of the division series against Oakland and gave up four runs in the AL Championship Series opener against the New York Yankees. The Tigers went on to win that game and sweep the series, but Valverde hasn't been used since.