Martinez back in lineup after brief absence

Martinez back in lineup after brief absence

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez's absence from the Tigers' starting lineup lasted a day. Detroit's designated hitter returned Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game with a cut on the top of his right thumb.

The cut required eight stitches.

"The word is that it doesn't seem to bother him at all [swinging] right-handed, but I can't swear to that," manager Jim Leyland said.

With a left-handed pitcher, Mark Buehrle, scheduled to start for the Jays, Martinez wouldn't have to worry about swinging from the left side.

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