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Marte Remains Out, But Leyland Hasn’t Forgotten Him

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LAKELAND, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Luis Marte #49 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

LAKELAND, FL – FEBRUARY 28: Luis Marte #49 of the Detroit Tigers poses for a portrait on February 28, 2012 at Joker Marchant Staduim in Lakeland, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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–RHP Luis Marte, who hasn’t pitched since suffering a left hamstring pull that landed him on the disabled list April 4, might be gone from Detroit but he’s not forgotten. “This poor guy, we felt he was going to be a nice piece for us, or else he wouldn’t have made the team,” manager Jim Leyland said. “I think about stuff like that; when is he going to be able to throw.” Marte felt tightness in his leg in a recent effort to return to pitching and was shut down again, but now is trying to get ready for rehab appearances. He had made the Tigers’ opening roster until the injury sidelined him. “It might not sound like a big deal to everybody, but that’s important stuff,” Leyland said. “It’s not fair, just because he’s injured, that he’s out of the picture, because he’s not.”

–LF Delmon Young is eligible to come off the suspended list Friday and faces an uncertain reception once manager Jim Leyland decides to put him in the starting lineup again. Leyland proclaimed Young won’t start Friday but that he could be inserted at some point if the situation warrants. He was suspended for seven games after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor aggravated assault in New York last Friday. Young might be kept out of left field and used as the designated hitter if public reaction is negative, and being in the outfield would subject him to taunts from fans.

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