Tigers look to get healthy for stretch run

Tigers look to get healthy for stretch run

DETROIT -- In late July of last season, the Tigers lost three players in the span of a week and it sent the season into a tailspin.

The Tigers had to deal with a rash of injuries over their last road trip, but luckily, most of the injuries are minor.

Victor Martinez injured his left knee at home plate in Kansas City, Brennan Boesch missed time with a sore left wrist, Al Alburquerque was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after being hit in the head with a line drive before a game and Carlos Guillen was put on the 15-day DL with left wrist soreness.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Martinez's knee was better in Cleveland, but not as good in Baltimore. The Tigers will keep an eye on him, but he will continue to play.

"Victor's been hurting, obviously," Leyland said. "We'll watch him. ... I don't know if plane rides and all of that stuff have an effect on this. I assume that they might, to an extent, but I don't know how much."

Boesch said he's ready to go and will be in tomorrow's lineup.

"I feel great," he said. "I feel really blessed that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would have been. The training staff has gotten me back on the field quick, so the credit goes to them."

Alburquerque said he was feeling much better. Because of the injury and medication, he had to be driven back from Baltimore, as opposed to taking the team flight.

The Tigers were a lot more banged up coming back to Detroit than when they left, but, for the most part, they're still in good shape.