Happy homecoming for Furbush, Wells

Happy homecoming for Furbush, Wells

DETROIT -- Charlie Furbush remembers everything about July 30, 2011 -- the day he was traded from the Tigers to the Mariners.

"I remember being in my apartment on the 30th, and we had a 4 o'clock game here," said Furbush, who, along with Casper Wells, returned to Comerica Park on Tuesday for the first time since being dealt. "I had gotten a couple of phone calls and text messages at 9:30 a.m. -- 'Congrats, you're going to love Seattle' -- and I hadn't even gone to the ballpark yet.

"Next thing you know, I'm on a flight at 7 o'clock to Seattle. I remember getting over there about 11 o'clock at night, but it's 2 o'clock East Coast time. I'm like, 'Why am I so tired right now? This is unbelievable.'"

Furbush, Wells, and pitching prospects Chance Ruffin and Francisco Martinez were sent to Seattle at the non-waiver Trade Deadline as part of a six-player deal that sent Doug Fister and David Pauley to Detroit.

Both Wells and Furbush were drafted by the Tigers -- Furbush in 2007 and Wells in 2005 -- and spent years in the system before being dealt. Both are happy to be back.

"This is where it all started for me," Furbush said. "It's kind of hard to explain, but it's pretty cool being back, for sure."

Wells, who was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., made his rounds around the Tigers' clubhouse on Tuesday, talking with Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and a few of his former coaches.

"It's like family that you grew up with, and they're letting you back in," Wells said. "It's like coming back home."