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Detroit’s Valverde Out With Sprained Right Wrist

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CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 10: Jose Valverde #46 and Gerald Laird #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers came from behind to win 7-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OH – JUNE 10: Jose Valverde #46 and Gerald Laird #9 of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 10, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers came from behind to win 7-6. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde has a sprained right wrist, but the team is hopeful the injury won’t keep him out too long.

Detroit trainer Kevin Rand says Valverde will use a wrist immobilizer for the next two or three days. The right-hander felt pain while warming up during Tuesday night’s win over St. Louis, and the Tigers brought Phil Coke in to close instead.

Manager Jim Leyland hasn’t named a specific closer to fill in for Valverde. Right-hander Joaquin Benoit has a 1.99 ERA in 32 appearances.

Valverde went all of 2011 without blowing a save, but he’s struggled this year. He has 13 saves in 16 chances with a 4.18 ERA, and he’s walked 17 hitters in 28 innings.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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