Everett could return Thursday

Everett could return Thursday

DETROIT -- Adam Everett hopes to be back in the Tigers lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Twins after missing the past four games with a strained right hamstring.

Everett, who suffered the injury Saturday at Texas when he lost his footing while changing direction on a play, said he was going to test out his leg moving around during batting practice Wednesday. Assuming all goes well, manager Jim Leyland said he could put him in the lineup for Thursday, giving Ramon Santiago a day off.

"I think maybe tomorrow," Leyland said Wednesday afternoon. "That would work out good to give Santiago a blow here shortly. If he's available tomorrow, that's fine. If not, that's fine, too. We're going to make sure he's right."

It's a rare leg injury for Everett, who said he hadn't had a hamstring issue since 2004. He takes pride in his offseason workout routine designed to keep his legs healthy. Though he has had four stints on the disabled list in his big league career, they were all for arm issues -- from a right shoulder strain to a fractured right fibula to a left wrist fracture.