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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tigers Injury Update: Torii Hunter exits with leg cramp

By on 6/17/2014 08:15:00 AM

Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter came out of Monday night's 11-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals with what manager Brad Ausmus called a "knotted" hamstring, report Jason Beck and Matt Slovin of Hunter pulled up as he rounded first after hitting a bloop single in the fourth inning (video here and below) and is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced by J.D. Martinez, who later hit a grand slam—but it was not enough to overcome the seven runs allowed by Justin Verlander and the Royals (37-32) pulled to within 1/2 game of the Tigers (36-30) for the AL Central lead.


The 39-year-old Hunter, who is batting .266/.290/.441with nine homers and 35 RBI, has been healthy in recent years, without a DL-stint since he had off-season surgery for a sports hernia in November 2009. He is a five-time All-Star, with nine Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. In 2013 his .304/.334/.465 average and 92 RBI helped the Tigers to the postseason, where the Tigers lost to the Boston Red Sox and Hunter was the "legs up" in this iconic play.

Now in his 18th major-league season, Hunter was the Minnesota Twins' first round draft pick in 1993 and made his debut August 22, 1997. After eleven seasons with the Twins, he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Angels in November 2007 and spent five seasons with the Halos. Again a free agent in 2013, he signed two year $26 million contract with the Tigers though 2014.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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