DETROIT -- Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers clubhouse Wednesday showing little aftereffects of the sinus infection that kept him out of the previous two games. Still, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus decided to give him one more day to regroup before putting him back in the starting lineup.
"He's feeling better," Ausmus said, "but we're giving him the day to get his strength back. He'll be available tonight, and I would guess he'll be fine to play tomorrow."
Ausmus used the series against the Rays to get his positional regulars some time out of the field. Third baseman Nick Castellanos served as the DH the first two games, then Miguel Cabrera did so for Wednesday's series finale.
Martinez had shown early signs of breaking out of his late-season funk with his first extra-base hit and first multi-hit game since Aug. 20. He's still batting just .236 on the season with nine home runs and 53 RBIs.
Iglesias staying home: Shortstop Jose Iglesias, out since Sept. 3 with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger, will not accompany the Tigers on their upcoming seven-game road trip to Cleveland and Minnesota. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated next week or soon after to determine if he has any reasonable hope of playing again this season.
The fact that the Tigers opened a 40-man roster spot for Josh Wilson as a September callup on Tuesday suggests they're planning not to have Iglesias until the very end, if at all. Wilson was a late entry in Tuesday's 13-inning marathon, with Andrew Romine at third and Dixon Machado at short.
Sanchez throws another side session: Anibal Sanchez, out since Aug. 19 with a rotator cuff strain, threw a lengthy bullpen session without trouble Wednesday, putting him on track to join Daniel Norris in a simulated game on Saturday in Cleveland.
Either could end up joining the rotation as soon as next week, if things continue to progress.
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