BRADENTON, Fla. -- The soggy outfields in Tigertown were too concerning for the Tigers to risk Rajai Davis' sore right hamstring Monday morning, but the chance to get some much-needed at-bats for the first time in a week was too important to completely sit him. Instead, he served as a designated hitter and went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in a Minor League camp game.
"He said everything felt normal," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said.
That should be the final hurdle before he rejoins the Tigers' lineup, likely Tuesday against the Braves at Joker Marchant Stadium.
"We have to see how he responds," manager Brad Ausmus said. "If he feels well enough, then we'll probably try to get him in there."
Don Kelly, Davis' potential platoon mate in left field, did not play Monday after tweaking his left hamstring trying to field a bunt at first base Sunday afternoon. Reports on him, however, were positive.
"He may miss a day or two," Ausmus said, "but he's expected to be fine for the start of the season."
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