Torii nursing bone bruise on left foot

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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.