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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Martinez, Young Game 4 status uncertain

By Jeff Caplan



DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland said designated hitter Victor Martinez and outfielder Delmon Young are receiving treatment and their status for this afternoon's Game 4 is uncertain.

"That's on hold," Leyland said.

Martinez injured his oblique on his home run swing in the fourth inning of Game 3 Tuesday night, gingerly jogging around the bases. Once in the duguot he slammed his helmet and immediately headed tot the trainer's room. He stayed in the game, drawing a walk in the fifth and flew out in the seventh.

Martinez hit cleanup in Game 3 with usual three-hole hitter Delmon Young out again with his own oblique injury suffered in Game 5 of the ALDS. Initially left off the ALCS roster, Young was added when Magglio Ordonez fractured his ankle and was removed from the roster after Game 2. Young played in Game 2, but was not effective at the plate and was held out of Game 3.

Other Tigers notes:

* Leyland acknowledged that ace Justin Verlander is "a little tired," and that's why the manager chose not to use the 24-game winner in Game 4 on short rest. Verlander will pitch Game 5 at Comerica Park on normal rest. Leyland said Verlander wanted to pitch today, and while he respects that, Leyland said the right decision for Verlander and the team is to give him another day.

"I think he's going to pitch great," Leyland said.

Rick Porcello will start today's game. He pitched to effective innings in relief in Game 1.

* As if the Tigers don't have enough injury woes, workhorse catcher Alex Avila has been struggling and Leyland said, "he's pretty well banged up." But, that won't keep Avila out of the lineup it appears for today's critical Game 4.