J. Upton likely to rest right quad until Friday

J. Upton likely to rest right quad until Friday

DETROIT -- The right quad tightness that scratched Justin Upton from the Tigers' lineup Monday is enough of a concern that he'll likely sit the rest of their three-game series against the Phillies, giving him essentially four days to recuperate before Detroit opens a six-game West Coast trip Friday night at Oakland.

Though Upton indicated Monday night that it wasn't a major injury, manager Brad Ausmus seemed concerned with keeping it from becoming something more serious.

"He's day to day," Ausmus said. "We'll probably hold him out tomorrow, too, with the off-day coming up."

Upton wanted to test out his quad by running Tuesday, Ausmus said, but the Tigers held the outfielder back as a precaution.

"There's no reason to make something big out of something small," Ausmus said.

Slugging prospect Steven Moya made his second consecutive start in Upton's place on Tuesday. Mike Aviles was originally slated to fill in, but shifted to second base once Ian Kinsler was scratched with flu-like symptoms.

Tigers discuss innings limits for Fulmer

The Tigers didn't expect to have to worry about Michael Fulmer's innings total when they called him up to fill in for injured Shane Greene at the end of April. Five starts later, including seven innings of one-run ball with 11 strikeouts against the Rays last time out, it's a point of discussion. Ausmus said he talked about it with Tigers officials Tuesday afternoon. Fulmer totaled 124 2/3 innings last year between the Mets and Tigers farm systems, after throwing 98 1/3 innings in 2014. The normal uptick for a young pitcher is 20-25 percent from one year to the next, which would put Fulmer around 150-155 innings.

Fulmer's dominant 11-K outing

"We didn't put a hard cap on it," Ausmus said. "We were just talking about [how] the rotation is going to shake out, give guys extra days' rest. We'll certainly be aware of it."

Fulmer has thrown 41 2/3 innings this season between Detroit and Triple-A Toledo. How that pace progresses likely depends in no small part on whether Fulmer sticks in the Tigers' rotation or returns to Toledo when Greene and Jordan Zimmermann are healthy.

Quick hits

The Detroit Tigers Foundation presented a $300,000 donation to Detroit's Police Athletic League on Monday to support the organization's Kids at the Corner campaign, which includes the new sports complex being built on the old Tiger Stadium site.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.