"He tried to talk his way in," Ausmus said of Victor Martinez following Tuesday's game. "I just felt like we've got to give it a little more time. It's in an area on his side that if it becomes serious, it could be a long-term thing."
Ausmus said Wednesday that he hopes to have Martinez back for Thursday's series opener with Tampa Bay.
Martinez, who hadn't missed a game this season before sitting out Monday, entered the week third in voting for designated hitters in the latest American League All-Star ballot update. He was trailing second-place David Ortiz by just 120,000 votes.
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