Hunter out of starting lineup for second straight day

Hunter out of starting lineup for second straight day

Hunter out of starting lineup for second straight day
NEW YORK -- Right fielder Torii Hunter was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight game on Sunday because of tightness in his right groin.

Even though Hunter was held out, he is optimistic about the situation.

The 36-year-old participated in agility drills, and manager Mike Scioscia said Hunter was available to pinch-hit in the series finale against the Yankees. Scioscia expects Hunter to return to the lineup Monday against the Tigers.

The tightness in his right groin occurred during Friday's loss against the Yankees. Hunter said it happened when he was chasing down Russell Martin's game-winning hit in the Yankees' eighth-inning rally.

When asked how healthy he is, Hunter said he was almost full strength.

"I'm 95 percent," Hunter said. "Never 100, so I say 95."