NEW YORK -- A day after Ryan Raburn got his shot to hold down the Tigers' starting second-base job, Raburn was out of the lineup, replaced by Ramon Santiago on Saturday. But it was a health issue, not a performance one.
Raburn left Friday's 7-6 loss to the Yankees in the seventh inning after his right hamstring tightened up on him in the sixth. It was enough of a concern that they held him out of Saturday's starting lineup, though Raburn said Saturday morning he was hoping he could loosen it up enough that he could pinch-hit.
Raburn said the hamstring tightened up when he was picking up speed heading into third base on Austin Jackson's double.
"It's one of those [injuries] where I think it's going to be fine quick," manager Jim Leyland said, "but if you pushed it, then you might do something that I'd be sorry for, if he pulled something.
"Again, it doesn't appear to be anything serious, but we went through that with [Andy] Dirks a few more days than I thought we would."
If Raburn can't start Sunday's series finale at Yankee Stadium, Leyland said he could start Danny Worth against left-hander CC Sabathia. But if Raburn's good to go, he will go. And while Leyland understands the consternation over Raburn's slow start, he sees a good player he's trying to get going.
"I'm in his corner. I have been," Leyland said. "I mean, there's a time like anything else [where time runs out]. You give people opportunities and then you come to a point, but I'm not going to come to a game total on that or a certain amount of at-bats. You just want to get people out there, let them relax a little bit and see what happens."