Cleveland — Torii Hunter was out of the Tigers’ starting lineup Thursday night because of a left foot bruise caused by a foul ball in the first inning of Wednesday night’s 7-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
Hunter was walking with a noticeable limp in the Tigers’ clubhouse, but he said the situation did not require X-rays, nor did he expect to miss more than one game because of it.
Tyler Collins is starting field in right for the Tigers and batting second as Hunter’s replacement. It is Collins’ fourth start for the Tigers.
Alex Avila also isn’t playing because of lingering effects of the foul ball off his mask that forced him out of Tuesday night’s game against the Indians. Manager Brad Ausmus said he hopes Avila will be able to play Friday night when the Tigers open a three-game series at Comerica Park against the San Francisco Giants.
Bryan Holaday was in the lineup as the starting catcher for the finale of the Tigers’ series in Cleveland.
The fact that Hernan Perez started at short for the Tigers on Thursday night instead of Eugenio Suarez wasn’t injury-related. Suarez was getting a game off.
The Single A West Michigan Whitecaps, one of two Tigers affiliates to make the playoffs this year, held off elimination Thursday, beating Fort Wayne, 2-1, to even the best-of-three series 1-1.
Game 3 is Friday.
That task is tall this year, given they’re playing on without some of the guys who got them there this year — notably pitcher Buck Farmer, now with the Tigers, and shortstop prospect Willy Adams, who was traded to the Rays in the David Price deal.
... The Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League were eliminated Thursday night, 6-5 by Tri-City.
Around the horn
The Tigers will have three ceremonial first pitches before tonight’s game: One each from Metro Detroit’s figure-skating champions Charlie White and Meryl Davis, and another one by Luke Glendening of the Red Wings.
Tony Paul contributed