Jammed thumb sidelines hot-hitting Holaday

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
Bryan Holaday

Tampa, Fla. — With a week left in spring training, Bryan Holaday’s fight for a roster spot has hit a snag.

He was scratched from the lineup Monday with a thumb injury. 

He injured the thumb in the game at Clearwater Saturday. Manager Brad Ausmus said at the time Holaday jammed the thumb on his glove hand with an awkward catch of a pitch from Francisco Rodriguez. 

Holaday finished the game, had a single in the top of the ninth and caught Logan Kensing in the bottom of the ninth. Afterward he had his hand wrapped in ice.

He didn’t play Sunday. The Tigers brought four catchers to Tampa, though James McCann was the designated hitter. Jarrod Saltalamacchia started, with minor leaguers Austin Green and Grayson Greiner available.

Holaday, despite hitting .500 with a 1.000 slugging percentage this spring, was facing long odds of making the 25-man roster. Ausmus did not say whether the injury would be long-term.

V-Mart ready

Designated hitter Victor Martinez went 1-for-4 in his final minor league tune-up Monday.

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“He should be a go tomorrow,” Ausmus said, meaning he will play in the Tigers big-league game in Lakeland against the Blue Jays. 

Martinez has been out since March 15 with a left hamstring strain.

Ausmus, though, said it was “probable” that Martinez would be available as a pinch hitter only for the first two regular season games at Miami. Before the injury, Ausmus was hoping to play Martinez at first and Miguel Cabrera at third in the two interleague games.

Zimmermann outing

Jordan Zimmermann threw 91 pitches in a minor league game against Nationals Triple-A players Monday. 

He went six innings, allowed four runs (two earned) and nine hits. He struck out five. 

“He was fine,” said Ausmus, who watched the outing on the back fields at Tigertown. “He was just getting his work in. He worked on his change-up a little bit. He threw 90 pitches, that’s what was important.”

Zimmermann, who will start the home opener against the Yankees at Comerica Park April 8, will make his final spring start Saturday.

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