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Victor Martinez injury: Tigers slugger day-to-day

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez suffered a laceration on his right thumb that required eight stitches.

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Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez suffered a laceration on his right thumb that required eight stitches, and he's considered day-to-day by the team, according to James Schmehl of Mlive.com.

Martinez sustained his injury when his right thumb was caught on a metal bolt on the team's bat rack. The DH is out of Detroit's lineup today as a result, and it's unclear how much time he will be required to miss due to the cut. This marks the first game of the season V-Mart will miss.

It's been a slow start the 2013 campaign for Martinez, and his thumb injury isn't likely to help his cause. He's collected just three hits -- all singles -- and one RBI over his first 25 plate appearances of the new season.

The Tigers have experience playing without Martinez in the lineup, considering the slugger missed all of 2012 due to injury. In his only full year with the club in 2011, the 34-year-old hit .330/.380/.470 with 40 doubles and 12 home runs over 595 plate appearances.

To replace Martinez in the lineup, the Tigers will move Andy Dirks to DH, using Don Kelly in left field for the second time this season.

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