Now Commenting On:

{"content":["injury" ] }

Torii nursing bone bruise on left foot

Torii nursing bone bruise on left foot play video for Torii nursing bone bruise on left foot

CLEVELAND -- Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter always views the proverbial glass as half-full, not half-empty, even while limping around the visiting clubhouse.

Hunter was not in Detroit's starting lineup Thursday against the Indians because of a bone bruise on his left foot, although he did strike out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. He sustained the injury Wednesday, when he fouled off a pitch from Indians starter Danny Salazar in the first inning.

"Salazar was the first guy to make me do that to myself this season, so congratulations," Hunter said, laughing. "I guess when you're throwing 97 mph with a sinker like he has, that's bound to happen. I hit it good, too, right off the barrel into my foot."

The five-time All-Star didn't leave the game until the eighth inning Wednesday, and he said his foot stiffened up in the clubhouse.

Hunter hopes to return to the lineup Friday, when the Tigers begin a three-game home series against San Francisco. The free-agent-to-be is hitting .276 with 15 homers and 73 RBIs in 119 games.

"I was able to play through the pain last night, but I couldn't move real well after I got done," Hunter said. "Hopefully, I don't have anything big going on, because I want to be out there as soon as possible."

Tyler Collins filled in for Hunter in right field. The rookie hit his first Major League home run in the series opener Monday, just hours after being recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

Brian Dulik is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"content":["injury" ] }
{"content":["injury" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español