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Victor Martinez sits as precaution

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Victor Martinez

Detroit — No Victor Martinez.

But you can calm down, Tigers fans.

Friday was a planned day off for the slugging designated hitter, after the switch-hitter looked a little gimpy after taking some swings from the left side during the week in Pittsburgh.

"I just wanted to give him one more day off the left side," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before the series opener against the White Sox at Comerica Park. "The left side is the weaker side. So a day off Wednesday, a day off Thursday, give him a day off today.

"Then we got a couple lefties, so he'll be back in there."

The Tigers face White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Friday, so Yeonis Cespedes will be the designated hitter and Rajai Davis will start in left field.

Then it's lefties Chris Sale on Saturday and Jose Quintana on Sunday, which will get Martinez back in hitting right-handed.

"Maybe these three days will help that calm down."

Martinez is coming off knee surgery, and appeared to injure his back during a swing in Cleveland. He looked uncomfortable in some pinch-hitting duty in Pittsburgh.

Martinez is off to a 6-for-23 start, with three RBIs, and he did take batting practice before Friday's game.