"He wanted to play yesterday," manager Brad Ausmus said.
Ausmus had been hopeful that Victor Martinez could start, but he wanted to see how batting practice went. Ausmus, Martinez and Tigers trainer Kevin Rand met after the slugger took some swings, making the decision to give Martinez another day off.
Prior to Monday, Martinez hadn't missed a game all season.
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