8/6/2014 6:50 P.M. ET
Suarez on mend, Hunter listed as day to day
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Both outfielder Torii Hunter and shortstop Eugenio Suarez were not in the Tigers' lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Yankees.
Suarez missed his second consecutive start after injuring his left knee while sliding into second base on a successful stolen-base attempt on Monday. Although, Suarez could be available to pinch-hit on Wednesday if he still feels well after completing his pregame routine.
"He does say he feels good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He'll take ground balls in batting practice today, and we're going to make sure that he can move laterally."
Andrew Romine has filled in nicely as Suarez's replacement at shortstop, and hit his second career home run on Tuesday.
"Romine swung the bat well last night and he's always been good defensively," Ausmus said. "I guess if Romine went out there and swung the bat well tonight, I'd have to consider putting him in there [for Thursday's series finale] for sure."
Hunter's status is not as clear. He left Tuesday's game with a left hand contusion after being hit by a pitch in the ninth inning. X-rays were negative.
Rajai Davis started in left field instead of his usual spot in center, while Ezequiel Carrera got the nod in center and J.D. Martinez started in Hunter's spot in right field.
Hunter's hand was still swollen on Wednesday when he walked into the clubhouse, and Ausmus is listing him as day to day.
"It's the fluid in your hand that makes it sore and tough to move," Ausmus said. "As soon as the inflammation goes down and the fluid gets out of there, [feeling in the hand] comes back very quickly. As long as there's no structural damage underneath it."
Johnson looks good in 'pen session for Tigers
NEW YORK -- Jim Johnson made a pitstop at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday to throw a bullpen in front of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and pitching coach Jeff Jones.
And while this was just a bullpen, the Tigers have been encouraged from what they have seen while scouting Johnson, and his session on Wednesday.
"He looked good, he was strong, looked very similar to the guy that we've seen over the past few years," Ausmus said. "And I think he's anxious to get out and face some hitters."
Johnson will get that chance at Triple-A Toledo, where he's expected to make a couple outings before being promoted to the Majors.
The Tigers signed Johnson to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, giving him another chance to return to the form that made him one of the league's best relievers. He posted back-to-back seasons with 50 saves in 2012 and '13 for Baltimore, but he had a 7.14 ERA during 38 games with Oakland this year before his release.
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.