TORONTO — Detroit Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin is going on the disabled list after another reoccurence of a pesky hamstring injury.
Martin missed 10 days in May with the same injury and has also taken periodic off-days throughout the season to rest the hamstring.
He left Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays after beating out a bunt base hit in the fifth inning.
It was a critical play because it drove in the Tigers’ first run and extended the inning for Nicholas Castellanos, who hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw from Toronto starter J.A. Happ.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said the Tigers won’t announce a corresponding move until Monday.
Mikie Mahtook, currently on optional assignment at Triple-A Toledo, is most likely to be recalled. He was removed from the Mud Hens’ lineup Sunday night, which is often an indicator of an impending move.
Prospect Christin Stewart, who would have to be added to the 40-man roster, is on the Mud Hens’ disabled list.
Martin, 30, is hitting .257/.327/.431 in 306 plate appearances in 2018.
In his absence, JaCoby Jones is likely to be the primary center fielder, with Victor Reyes splitting time with Mahtook in left field.