V-Mart back in Tigers' lineup vs. Indians

V-Mart back in Tigers' lineup vs. Indians

CLEVELAND -- As expected, Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers' lineup Tuesday, three days after spraining his left knee on a play at the plate in Kansas City. Manager Jim Leyland said his designated hitter/backup catcher checked out all right on Monday's off-day.

Martinez was in his usual spot, batting fifth behind Miguel Cabrera.

The one question remaining for Martinez is when he can catch again, which could become a question for the Tigers on Wednesday. Alex Avila caught every inning of the series in Kansas City, then all 14 innings Tuesday.

Avila had a chance to go home to Michigan on Monday's off-day and rest, which he said did a lot of good. Still, he had a long night Tuesday.

"I'm pretty tired," Avila said, "but I'll be ready to go [Wednesday]."

Leyland wasn't going to commit to any plan in the moments after the game.

"That's one I'll have to think about," Leyland said. "That's a tough one."