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Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled list

Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled list

Intercostal strain lands Tuiasosopo on disabled list

DETROIT -- Matt Tuiasosopo was poised to become a bigger member of the Tigers' starting lineup, earning more playing time against right-handed pitchers in addition to the lefties he has been pummeling all year. Instead, with a bad swing in the batting cage, he became the latest casualty in the club's outfield.

What was hoped to be a minor rib cage strain that scratched Tuiasosopo from Thursday's starting lineup instead landed him on the 15-day disabled list Friday. Avisail Garcia, just optioned to Toledo on Wednesday, was recalled to take his place.

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The injury is officially listed as an intercostal strain, the same issue that sidelined fellow outfielder Andy Dirks for a good chunk of Spring Training.

The DL move came on the night when the Tigers faced Jon Lester, one of the toughest left-handed starters in the league.

Garcia, who started in center field Friday for Austin Jackson, will take Tuiasosopo's role as a left fielder against lefties on most nights. Manager Jim Leyland said he could also end up getting starts against right-handers, much like he was pondering with Tuiasosopo. Garcia started against several righties in center while filling in for Jackson earlier this month.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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