Martinez day-to-day after eight-stitch cut to thumb
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers had to do without Victor Martinez for the entirety of the 2012 season.
Now, they’ll likely be without him for a couple of days.
The designated hitter for the Tigers is out of the lineup Tuesday and day-to-day, after a cut on his right thumb required eight stitches to close. It’s thought he may have cut it on the bat rack during Sunday’s game.
Andy Dirks took his spot at DH to start Tuesday’s game, while Don Kelly got the start in left field.
Martinez had played in every game so far this season, and 26 of 35 spring games.
DETROIT TIGERS (3-3)
Austin Jackson, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Miguel Cabrera, 3B
Prince Fielder, 1B
Andy Dirks, DH
Alex Avila, C
Jhonny Peralta, SS
Don Kelly, LF
Omar Infante, 2B
Starting pitcher: Anibal Sanchez, RHP (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (2-4)
Jose Reyes, SS
Melky Cabrera, LF
Jose Bautista, DH
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B
J.P. Arencibia, C
Colby Rasmus, CF
Rajai Davis, RF
Maicer Izturis, 3B
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B
Starting pitcher: Brandon Morrow, RHP (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Of course, those will be the lineups if the game gets in. It may not, considering the weather system heading through the area.
"Right now, that’s a little iffy. These next three days are iffy. But, if we get what we possibly get, or not get, we could all be iffy for the next three days. I’m talking about because of the weather," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before the game.
"It’s iffy — which is about the report you get every year. It might come, it might not. It might be here by one. It might turn colder and be here by three. Tomorrow looks a little worse, and Thursday looks about the same as tomorrow.
"There’s no sense getting excited about that. We’ll see how it all plays out."