Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that whether Victor Martinez is in the lineup versus a right-hander will be a day-to-day decision.
Martinez has some soreness in his left knee and it bothers him most when batting left-handed. Ausmus plans to visit with the designated hitter each day when the club faces a righty to see how he feels before writing his name into the lineup. "He said he feels good," Ausmus said. "He actually looked a lot better [Monday] than he did the day before." The skipper added that the switch-hitting V-Mart has no plans to bat right-handed against a righty "at least as of right now."
Domonic Brown (Achilles) is expected to use his full 20-day allotment during his rehab assignment.
Brown hasn't had issues with his left Achilles, but he's not hitting much so the Phillies plan to leave him at Triple-A Lehigh Valley in hopes that he figures things out. "It's kind of up to him when he finds his stride to get hot with the bat," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I think that would be important for him." Brown's 20th rehab day is next Tuesday.
Chad Billingsley (elbow) was unable to make a scheduled rehab start on Monday because of a stomach illness.
It's possible he'll make a start later this week instead. Billingsley has made two of a scheduled five rehab starts so far, and this will set his schedule back a bit. He's still expected back in early May.
Ryan Brett has been diagnosed with a subluxation of the left shoulder.
He was injured when he was picked off while diving back into first base during Tuesday's game versus the Red Sox. It's an ailment that will surely send Brett to the disabled list.
Sean Nolin (groin) will begin a rehab assignment after throwing a bullpen session on Wednesday.
Nolin has been out all season with a groin injury. He should be ready for activation within a couple weeks, though he's not a given to be added to the big league roster.
Ryan Brett left Tuesday's game against the Red Sox in the third inning with an apparent injury.
Brett was injured when he was picked off while diving back into first base. The Rays should provide an update on his status shortly.
Brian Duensing (intercostal) will begin soft-tossing on Wednesday.
Duensing is dealing with a minor right intercostal strain. He's expected to be ready for activated on or around the time he's first eligible.
Hunter Pence (forearm) swung off a tee in the batting cage on Tuesday.
It appears to be the first time he's swung a real bat, as he had been taking light swings with a fungo bat. Pence should be ready for game action before too long, but he's likely still a few weeks away from a return.