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Hunter's shoulder good enough for Game 4 action

Hunter's shoulder good enough for Game 4 action

Hunter's shoulder good enough for Game 4 action

DETROIT -- There was little doubt that Torii Hunter would be in the Tigers' lineup for Game 4 of their American League Division Series against the A's on Tuesday, despite the bruised shoulder he suffered on a diving attempt at a catch of Coco Crisp's fly ball in the first inning of Game 3. The only question would be how healthy he'd be.

Judging by his swings in batting practice, he's playable.

"It was kind of numb for a little bit," manager Jim Leyland said about Hunter's shoulder, referring to the innings he played in Game 3, "but he's OK."

Even if it isn't OK, he'd still be playing. However, he seems to have his swing set.

X-rays taken Monday came back negative for any structural damage, so he was back in his usual second spot in the starting lineup, playing in right field.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. 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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