Castellanos delivers big hit in return to action

Castellanos delivers big hit in return to action

DETROIT -- Nick Castellanos didn't look injured Wednesday night, when he knocked in a career-high four runs in the Tigers' 7-2 win over the White Sox. But he sure felt it.

His finger contusion forced him to change his swing, which he said might have helped him more than it hurt him -- just one of those "little blessings," according to the rookie third baseman.

"Earlier, I've been using a lot of top hand," Castellanos explained. "Kind of rolling over pitches I should stay through. Now, with my finger hurt on my top hand, I have to use a lot more bottom hand. It really helped me out tonight.

"I didn't try to do too much."

Castellanos went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer that capped a six-run first inning.

He readily admitted he wasn't feeling as strong as he normally was, but that was hardly evident. In fact, his night was so successful that a reporter asked him whether he might be taking a few more batting-practice grounders off his finger -- the cause of the contusion.

"You know, if I'm struggling, I might have to do that," Castellanos joked.

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.