Raburn eventually did enter Wednesday's game as a pinch-hitter, striking out in the eighth inning against Randy Flores. He remained in the game in left field.
Raburn said he felt the soreness when he took a hack at a ninth-inning pitch from Minnesota closer Matt Capps.
"He kind of quick-pitched me," Raburn said.
Neither Raburn nor the Tigers seem to believe the injury is serious, and he's considered day-to-day. Still, it left manager Jim Leyland with little choice but to start a left-handed hitter in his outfield against Liriano. That hitter ended up being Brennan Boesch, who teamed with Austin Jackson and Casper Wells to form an all-rookie outfield.
Wells, 7-for-11 over his previous three games, batted third in front of Miguel Cabrera.