Leyland hopes to use Benoit on Tuesday

Leyland hopes to use Benoit on Tuesday

DETROIT -- First, catcher Alex Avila wakes up with unexpected right hamstring tightness that held him out of the Tigers' starting lineup for a second straight game. Now, reliever Joaquin Benoit's right forearm is hurting because of a last-second -- and perhaps late -- timeout call on Saturday night.

Benoit was just about to deliver a pitch in the seventh inning when Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez yelled for time and home-plate umpire Bob Davidson quickly obliged. Having already been in motion, Benoit couldn't hold back his throw and sent the ball into the netting behind home plate.

It seemed harmless, but manager Jim Leyland said after Saturday's 4-3 win that the right-hander was scheduled to pitch the eighth inning but couldn't.

"[I] was more [than] a little concerned [as to] how I would feel resting it and then coming back out," Benoit said. "I [didn't know] if I would aggravate it more. I think it was more trying to save that and see what happened today."

Benoit said on Sunday that he was still sore, but he wasn't concerned the pain would keep him out for long. Leyland said Benoit likely wouldn't be available for Sunday's game, but he was optimistic the right-hander could return on Tuesday, when the Tigers will open up a three-game home series against Cleveland.

"I think hopefully what this is going to amount to is off today, and with the day off [Monday], he'll be fine," Leyland said.