Shortstop Mike Aviles was out of the lineup for the third straight game Tuesday, the result of turf toe. He had an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed the injury and had a cortisone shot in his right foot. The Sox expect him to return to action soon.
"It's the tolerance. It's not as though if he ran out there he'd damage it, but it might hurt if he ran out there. The hope is this will take care of the pain," said Valentine.
The Red Sox have the best record against the Tigers in the Major Leagues since the start of the 2008 season with a 23-11 record entering Tuesday's game.
Rookie third baseman Will Middlebrooks brings a seven-game hit streak into Tuesday's contest with a season-high three straight multihit games. He had an eight-game hit streak from May 23-June 6.