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Hunter still optimistic about weekend return

Hunter still optimistic about weekend return

DETROIT -- Torii Hunter hit the field Wednesday at Comerica Park to test out his sore right hamstring a bit while playing catch with third-base coach Dave Clark to keep his arm fresh. However, he was still eyeing this weekend's series in Cleveland for his return.

Hunter said Wednesday morning his hamstring, which cramped up on him last weekend before forcing him out of Monday's game running to first base on a base hit, was feeling "a lot better," but it was still not playable. He has not swung a bat, let alone run bases.

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J.D. Martinez made his second consecutive start in right field.

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

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