MINNEAPOLIS -- After jamming his left ring finger on a slide into second base Saturday, utility man Ryan Raburn was out of the Tigers' lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Though he is hitting just .240 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 102 games this season, Raburn has been an integral part of the Tigers' success.
He has split the majority of his time this season between left field and second base, but Raburn has also seen time at four other positions, including right field, where he has filled in lately with Brennan Boesch sidelined by a thumb injury.
Just more than 25 minutes into Leyland's meeting with reporters Sunday morning -- and not long after Leyland finished talking about Raburn's value to the club -- Raburn arrived, bat in hand. Leyland wanted to see how Raburn's finger was feeling before deciding between him and Ramon Santiago at second base.
"Raburn!" Leyland shouted from his office. "What's up, Raburn?"
Peeking his head in, Raburn responded: "What's goin' on?"
"Come on in, let me see ya," Leyland answered.
Leyland examined Raburn's noticeably swollen finger and asked him how it felt.
As Raburn tried to grip the bat he had been carrying, it was clear he could not bend the injured finger enough to be effective. Unfazed, Raburn was intent on heading straight to the batting cage to test it.
"If you're not going to put it on the bat, that's not a good idea," Leyland said.
"Well, I'm going to go see if I can try it," Raburn responded, not wanting the injury to keep him out of the lineup.
But Leyland had already made his decision. He told Raburn he was not going to play him Sunday afternoon before he even went to attempt to swing the bat.
"What I want you to do is get the thing taken care of today," Leyland said. "All day long, get it treated. Two or three treatments. I can't afford to lose you, but I'm not going to put you through that if it's going to be that sore today. Hopefully get the thing ready for tomorrow or the next day."
Nevertheless, Raburn tested his injured finger in the batting cage before the game but said he was "pulling off the ball."
Turner to get second career start on Thursday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Top Tigers prospect Jacob Turner will start Thursday against the Royals, making his second career big league start.
Turner, 20, took the loss on July 30 in his Major League debut, despite allowing just two runs on three hits over 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander also struck out six and walked three against the Angels.
With the Tigers opting to give American League Cy Young front-runner Justin Verlander an extra day before his next start, Turner will get the chance in the spot start. Manager Jim Leyland announced Turner would start after the Tigers' 11-4 loss to the Twins on Sunday.
Turner, drafted ninth overall by the Tigers in 2009, is 4-5 this season with a 3.44 ERA in 20 combined games at Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. In three Triple-A starts, Turner is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA, allowing six runs on 15 hits with 20 strikeouts and just three walks.
Lingering thumb injury keeps Boesch on bench
MINNEAPOLIS -- It's been almost three weeks since outfielder Brennan Boesch originally injured his sprained right thumb, and he was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game Sunday.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland admitted again before the series finale with the Twins that he was unsure when Boesch would return.
"I don't know, I can't figure that one out; I just kind of stay out of it," Leyland said. "He said his forearm's all fine, the biceps felt fine. Something didn't feel fine."
Boesch has played in eight games (seven starts) since the injury, while missing 10 games. Of the games he has played in, Boesch has played nine innings just three times.
Boesch has hit .240 while dealing with the injury, collecting six hits in 25 at-bats, including a double and a walk.
"What worries me about Boesch is he's one of those guys that when he doesn't play for a while, he gets out of sync," Leyland said. "And I don't got time to be experimenting. So I just got to hope for the best. I want him back, he's a big key for us."
Boesch said he expected to swing Monday to test how he was feeling.
Tigers to send Guillen on rehab stint Monday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen, sidelined since Aug. 13 with a sore left wrist, is slated to begin a rehab assignment Monday.
Guillen is expected to play three games by Wednesday. Tigers manager Jim Leyland did not specify where Guillen's rehab games would be, though Triple-A Toledo is a likely destination. The Mud Hens are home Monday and play at Indianapolis Tuesday and Wednesday before an off-day Thursday.
Due to an injury, Guillen missed the Tigers' first 93 games and had only played in 22 games before going back on the disabled list.
Guillen is hitting .207 with two homers, two doubles and a triple in 82 at-bats.
Jackson's key walk draws praise from Leyland
MINNEAPOLIS -- While the story of the game Saturday certainly was Tigers ace Justin Verlander's 20th win, it took a lot of help from his offense.
And if you ask manager Jim Leyland, Austin Jackson's walk was a key part of the Tigers' crucial two-run seventh inning.
"Huge, that's maybe the toughest at-bat of the day," Leyland said. "Yeah, that might've been the biggest at-bat of the day."
After falling behind 1-2, Jackson worked the count full and fouled off a fastball before taking a changeup that barely missed the zone for ball four.
Jackson gave the Tigers runners on first and second with one out and eventually came around to score an insurance run on Miguel Cabrera's single of Matt Capps, who replaced Carl Pavano after the veteran right-hander had given up the lead.
"I complimented him when he came in," Leyland said, "on what a great at-bat that was."
When asked about it again Sunday morning, Leyland said that walk was an example of the kind of at-bats the Tigers would like to get out of Jackson more often, especially leading off the game.
"Really, we've got to keep working with him to get a little better leading off the game," Leyland said. "We need to get a little more out of that first at-bat, but he's doing fine."
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.